Government Committed to Zero New HIV Infections

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama says the nation remains resolute in the commitment to getting to Zero New HIV infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS related deaths by 2016.

To that end, President Khama noted that in April 2014 consultants were engaged to review the HIVAIDS National Strategic Framework II. “Our latest survey results show that the number of people who have tested has increased from 56 per cent in 2008 to 70 per cent in 2013.

The survey also shows that HIV prevalence rate has increased from 17.6per cent in 2008 to 18.5 per cent in 2013 whilst HIV incidence rate has decreased from 1.45 per cent in 2008 to 1.35 per cent in 2013,” he told the nation in his address on Thursday, November 11.

However, he noted that while incidence results showed a move in the right direction given the decreasing number of new infections per annum, it was worrisome that the absolute figure was still high, with approximately 10 000 new infections per annum.

“For us to truly achieve zero new infections, our only option is to change our behavior,” he said. Furthermore, he indicated that since 2009, some 115 000 or 29.8 per cent of men countrywide had been circumcised against a target of 385 000.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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