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Bad News For South African Youth As Lock Down Causes This Virus To Spread Among Them

On Tuesday, Durban Municipality started a unique campaign to lower the prevalence of new HIV infections among the city's young. Durban Municipality said in a statement that it was the first city in the province to launch the HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Behavioral Campaign Programme, which aims to address HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among young people.

This new approach came after many patients stopped receiving treatment during the Covid-19 epidemic because of the dread of having to visit local clinics and hospitals to obtain their medicine. In addition, there has been a concerning increase in new HIV infections over this time period, with the majority of cases occurring among adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 15 and 24, according to the municipality. On Tuesday 5 October, Durban Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda and project advocate MEC Kwazi Mshengu briefed the community at the program's inauguration at the Cato Crest Community Hall.

The group began the launch by visiting government and non-governmental facilities that provide medical care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Kaunda urged young people to utilize the facilities to protect themselves and encouraged those afflicted with HIV to begin treatment.

“We want to nip new infections in the bud and increase our efforts to track defaulters and get them back on treatment. eThekwini is the epicentre of HIV in the province but we have seen a decrease in the number of people on anti-retroviral treatment,” said the mayor.

[Source: thesouthafrican]

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