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Nearly 2,000 young women are infected with HIV every week in SA


JOHANNESBURG - Shocking new statistics have been revealed in the latest Aids study, with scientists warning that young women between the ages of 15 and 24 have the highest infection rate, out of the population.

Government has held a briefing in Pretoria on the country's battle against HIV and Aids.

It also announced the 21st International Aids Conference will be hosted in Durban later this month.

Recent statistics show that nearly 2,000 young women are infected with HIV every week in South Africa.

The health department's Dr Yogan Pillay said, "What we are doing now is trying to estimate how many of these infections have been in each district in the country, so we can have very targeted interventions at local level."

Pillay says there are a number of issues that still drive the HIV and Aids epidemic in the country.

"We have look at challenges in the health system as well. We have to find people, test them, put them on treatment and ensure they are virally suppressed at the start of treatment."

Government says while the country has made great strides in the fight to combat HIV over the years, there's still a long road ahead.

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