US to up funds in SA HIV fight

Go! & Express - - GO! SCHOOLS - MATTHEW FIELD

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.

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