Our HIV knowledge has declined – Ramaphosa

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (File Photo: GCIS)

Levels of knowledge about HIV among the public are dropping, said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday.

“There is a clear decline in levels of knowledge on HIV, and therefore a greater need for a robust multi-sectoral behaviour change communication strategy driven by SANAC,” said Ramaphosa, addressing the first day of SA National Aids Council (Sanac) Lekgotla at Emperor’s palace, Ekurhuleni.

He said the Sanac secretariat and the government sector had both developed monitoring frameworks but there were still problems with the flow of information for reporting purposes.

“These are just some of the issues that we want this Lekgotla to discuss and on which we want this Lekgotla to resolve.”

Ramaphosa also said the rights of people living with HIV continued to violated. “In certain instances the rights of people living with HIV continue to be violated. We need to consider how we will address this,” he said

He said more attention needed to be paid to the growth and implementation of a comprehensive communication strategy and campaign around prevention of the disease.

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