27 November 2015
In South Africa's Gauteng province. the local Government's Department of Health has tested over 700‚000 people for HIV and AIDS since October until now‚ and it is on course to meet its target of testing one million people by the end of December this year.
This drive is part of a build-up to World AIDS Day events which will be commemorated next Tuesday in the City of Tshwane.
Under the theme: Working together to end AIDS in Gauteng by 2030; provincial commemoration events will run for a period of five days at the Tshwane Events Centre‚ from November 30 to December 4.
The events will among others include an EXPO by Gauteng provincial government departments and various stakeholders.
Discussions will be focused on providing information about all aspects of HIV and AIDS including the latest scientific information and perspectives.
The events will be geared towards the realisation of the UNAIDS 2020 vision of ensuring that by the year 2020:
- 90% of people living with HIV should know their HIV status;
- 90% of all those diagnosed with HIV infection receive sustained antiretroviral therapy;
- 90% of all those receiving antiretroviral therapy reach viral suppression.
World AIDS Day is a global event putting the spotlight on HIV and AIDS while uniting communities in the fight against the pandemic.