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HIV and AIDS Pregnancies Considerably Reduced- South African Health Minister

h. The government has said it hopes to have one million people on ARV treatment by 2011.

South Africa is widely considered to have the best healthcare on the continent, but suffers a crippling shortage of healthcare workers and a high rate of poverty.

South Africa has one of the highest prevalence of HIV cases. A 1000 death are reported each day due to aids. During the last financial year, more than 439 million male and more than three million female condoms were distributed.

UNAIDS executive director Peter Piot told reporters at the third South African AIDS conference in Durban that if there is one thing that works and that prevents people from HIV, it is condoms,Though condoms are widely accessible and affordable they are not very popular with males in Africa as they consider it as prophylactics cut down on their sexual pleasure.

Methods such as male circumcision, abstinence and social programmes designed to combat violence against women were among the weapons that would protect people from the virus.


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