DURBAN – More work is needed to address the HIV/Aids epidemic among South African youth, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) said at the opening plenary of the ninth South African Aids Conference in Durban on Tuesday.
Professor Khangelani Zuma, who is the executive director of the social aspects of public health programme at the HSRC, told attendants that there were an estimated 231,000 new HIV infections in 2017 among people aged two-years-old and above.
The incidents were higher among women compared to men, with 122,000 women infected, compared to 109,000 men.
However, said Zuma, a particular area of concern was youth between 15 and 24 years of age.
“This group needs a lot of attention and focus,” he said.