Youth not scared of HIV-Aids

February 16, 2011

by Canaan Mdletshe

The study has also found that despite millions of rands having been poured into promoting the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV-Aids, young people do not take the message seriously.

The Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies was established in 1997 by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the South African Medical Research Council and the United Kingdom-based charity, the Wellcome Trust.

The organisation conducts and offers support research addressing pressing population and reproductive health questions affecting people in sub-Saharan Africa.

Since its inception, the centre has been based in the uMkhanyakude district, where the burden of disease from HIV is immense.

Natsayi Chimbindi, an epidemiologist at the centre, said prevention messages needed to emphasise the importance of condom use in all types of relationships where the HIV status is unknown.

“The HIV epidemic remains a major global public health challenge, with a total of 33,4million people living with HIV worldwide.

South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV-Aids in the world (5,7million), with KwaZulu-Natal bearing the brunt of the prevalence,” she said.

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