US to up funds in SA HIV fight
US consul general Virginia Blaser visited the Eastern Cape recently in order to strengthen efforts between the American and South African governments in combating HIV/Aids.
“It means a lot to all of us, so I am proud that as of this week, the US is significantly increasing our funding to provide HIV/Aids treatment to South Africans,” Blaser said.
According to Blaser, more than 600 South Africans are infected with HIV every day. In the Eastern Cape, that equals 70 people every day, 500 in a week, and more than 2,000 every month. In a year, almost 30,000 people are infected with the virus.
“Fifteen years ago, HIV/Aids was a death sentence. Now, if everyone gets tested and those infected get treated, we can control HIV an protect our communities and families,” said Blaser.
Blaser encouraged people to go for regular HIV/Aids testing.