Focusing on Preventing HIV among Girls and Young Women

11 September 2017 

During the recent launch of the AIDS Council in the Vhembe district of South Africa, Executive Mayor Florence Radzilani said authorities were particularly concerned about the spread of HIV among school girls. “One remains concerned about the high level of infections among girls and young women, hence all of us should put more efforts in fighting against abuse of young women by adult men. We should say not with our children and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. All stakeholders should be champions of this important campaign to ensure that vulnerable girls and young women remain HIV free” said Radzilani. The elected council has vowed that their focus will be on prevention as the critical pillar of their campaign. Their campaigns will be conducted together with the provincial Department of Health and other active campaigns focused mostly on young girls at tertiary institutions within the province. “We will promote awareness, tolerance to those affected and confront all root causes of the societal problems,” she said, adding that the council would also be working with the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in the district.

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