In 2017 almost 8 million people of all ages were living with HIV in South Africa.

 

This is according to the fifth National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey, which will be released by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) on 17 July 2018.

 

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, and the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, will talk about the findings of the survey.

 

Undertaken by a research consortium led by the HSRC, the survey aims to determine the HIV status of participants, estimate the number of individuals recently infected, determine if the participant is taking antiretroviral medicine, and assess the level of resistance to antiretrovirals (ARVs) of those already on the treatment programme.

 

This survey is crucial for government, policy makers and other stakeholders as they work towards reducing the HIV epidemic in the country and reaching the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target by 2020.

 

The target is for 90% of all people living with HIV to know their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection to receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, and for 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy to have viral suppression.  Viral suppression means reducing a person's viral load to undetectable levels.  However, even people with a reduced viral load have to carry on with their ARV treatment to keep the virus suppressed.

 

Previous studies were done in 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2012. South Africa is the only country in the world that has conducted so many repeated national HIV surveys.  The surveys make it possible to track the national and provincial trends over the years.

 

The media are invited as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Time: 09:00 – 11:00

Venue: Impilo Boardroom, Podium Floor, Civitas Building, Department of Health, Pretoria

 

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