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SA: Nationwide HIV prevention campaign needed

While new HIV infections among young South Africans (aged 15 to 24) have continued to decrease, the latest [b]Human Sciences Research Council’s[/b] ( HSRC) found, the statistic causing dismay is that the adult HIV rate seems to be increasing. Grace Matlhape, a trustee of [b]loveLife[/b], writes in [s]The Times[/s] that in loveLife, SA has had a comprehensive and consistent HIV-prevention campaign targeting teenagers since 1999. But there has been no major investment since the mid-2000s in nationwide multimedia targeting the factors causing HIV. Matlhape says a ‘bold strategy’ is needed to counteract the waning funding and support for organisations such as [b]Soul City[/b], the [b]Community Media Trust, Mindset[/b] and [b]Brothers for Life[/b]. The [b]South African National Aids Council[/b] has an important role to play in coordinating national awareness and campaigns. The HSRC’s report should be a wake-up call, Matlhape says.

[link url=http://times-e-editions.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/accountingloginse2.aspx?returnurl=%2fepaper%2fpageview.aspx%3fissue%3d11072014041300000000001001%26page%3d18%26articleid%3d7d0a2884-d660-416e-a74a-7555d058eaa3%26articlekey%3dnJOS0UARugA%252bm%252b2hMbB5GQ%253d%253d%26previewmode%3d2]Full report in The Times (subscription needed)[/link]
[link url=http://www.hsrc.ac.za/uploads/pageContent/4565/SABSSM%20IV%20LEO%20final.pdf]HSRC research[/link]

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