According to the Higher Education and Training HIV/Aids Programme (HEAIDS), although the infection rate had dropped from 2000 per week three years ago, the figures still remained unacceptably high.
This data formed part of a presentation delivered by Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, of HEAIDS, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on the second day of the 9th South African Aids Conference in Durban yesterday. The conference ends tomorrow.
HEAIDS is a government initiative that provides and supports HIV mitigation programmes to the country’s approximately 2 million students.
Ahluwalia said challenges in tertiary education institutions included that 14% of students engaged in transactional/intergenerational sex and that 41% of students had multiple sexual partners, increasing the rate of HIV infection.