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South Africa To Implement New Prevention, Treatment Strategies To End AIDS; Bill Gates Says Nation Sets Example For Other African Countries

PBS NewsHour: How South Africa, the nation hardest-hit by HIV, plans to ‘end AIDS’
“…[O]ur series The End of AIDS wraps up in South Africa, where, this week, many of the world’s top scientists, researchers and advocates are meeting in Durban. Among the topics: Is the end of AIDS really a possibility? Perhaps no nation has paid as steep a toll from AIDS as South Africa has. But, as correspondent William Brangham and producer Jason Kane report, few other nations are doing as much to push back against the virus. This is the final report in our series, which has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting…” (Sreenivasan, 7/21).

SABC News: Test and treat as of September: Mostoaledi
“…[South African Health Minister Aaron] Motsoaledi indicated new developments in May: ‘I announced that from September we are going to go onto test and treat. All this time ever since the advent of HIV/AIDS we have been treating people when their CD4 count was at a particular level. Now the CD4 count no longer matters from the first of September, we find you, we test you. If you are HIV-positive, we put you on treatment immediately’…” (7/20).

SA News: Microsoft’s Bill Gates lauds SA’s HIV response
“U.S. billionaire Bill Gates, one of the leading funders of HIV prevention programs, has singled out South Africa as a model of the African continent in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS. He has urged the country to continue to do more to curb the pandemic. … He was speaking during a session titled ‘Accelerating the decline of the burden and incidence of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa’ at the 21st International AIDS Conference underway in Durban…” (7/20).

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