War against HIV-Aids can be won
The fight against the spread of HIV-Aids seems to be gaining grounds, if government statistics are anything to go by.
So said Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the national World Aids Day celebrations in Mahwelereng on Saturday.
She told the more than 15000 people at the stadium: "More and more South Africans seem to be listening to the messages of government about the disease.
Mlambo-Ngcuka said the statistics on the HIV-Aids infection rate show there is light at the end of the tunnel .
For example, the rate of HIV infection among pregnant women has gone down - from 29% in 2006 and 30,2% in 2005.
A total of 370 000 people were registered for antiretroviral therapy by September this year; three quarters of whom were children under the age of 14.
Government has also increased the annual HIV-Aids budget from R2 million in 2000 to R2,1 billion this financial year.