oa South African Health Review - HIV/AIDS - current issues : chapter 14

Volume 2000, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1025-1715



South Africa has one of the highest incidence and prevalence rates of HIV/AIDS in the world. The fact that these numbers have been increasing during the period when the national AIDS response was being mustered and implemented is of particular concern. This chapter looks at some of the reasons why efforts to stem the epidemic have not been as successful as hoped. The HIV/AIDS and STD Strategic Plan 2000 - 2005 is analysed, as are issues such as access to treatment, voluntary testing and counselling, confidentiality and notification, and the controversial debate around the link between HIV and AIDS. Recommendations are given regarding the way forward from here.

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