South Africa continues to make efforts to eradicate the spread of HIV through various government programmes.
Encouraging preventative methods and making treatment available to vulnerable groups (LGBTI communities, pregnant mothers and youth) forms part of governments action to address the issue.
In recent developments, one of the world's largest clinical trials has began in what could possibly be a vaccine that would usher in a new era in fighting the disease and stigma.
People seem to be behaving better once they know their status and taking less risky behaviour.— Prof Francios Venter, Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute
While experts have encouraged the use of HIV self-testing kits, Professor Francios Venter from Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute emphasised the importance of visiting a clinic for accuracy as current kits on pharmacy shelves are unregulated.
Professor Venter spoke to 702/Cape Talk's Eusebius McKaiser about what recent developments mean for SA's future.
It's great in the context that you don't have to sit in a queue, if you've had the pre-test counselling and you know what you're doing if you're in a high risk situation.— Prof Francios Venter, Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute
These are the key groups who are most affected by the disease or are most vulnerable to contracting the disease:
- men who have sex with men (MSM)
- sex workers
- people who inject drugs (PWID)
- children and orphans
Listen to the full conversation below: