Call for new solutions to prevent and reduce new HIV infections at World AIDS Day event

3 December 2022

CAPRISA Head of Community Programmes Mr Patrick Mdletshe was a panellist at the World AIDS Day event hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and Research partners on Tuesday 29th November, themed “EQUALISE”. 

Mdletshe joined Deputy Vice Chancellor of the College of Health Sciences Prof Busisiwe Ncama and officials from AHRI, UKZN, HEARD, SANTHE and the SRC for a round table discussion.

" While significant gains in HIV treatment have been made the rate of new HIV infections in South Africa is not coming down fast enough,” said Mdletshe.  “In 2021, there were around 198 000 new HIV infections in South Africa, with particularly high rates of HIV infection in young women and girls. We urgently need new solutions in preventing and reducing new HIV infections and improve adherence to ARVs,” he added. 



(L-R) Head of UKZN’s Department of Internal Medicine Prof Nombulelo Magula; Mr Patrick Mdletshe and AHRI Director for Basic and Translational Science Prof Thumbi Ndung’u