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Getting To Zero
22 Aug 2016 - 10:46

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — From where Linda-Gail Bekker sits as director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre in Cape Town, science has been losing ground against HIV for years, especially when it comes to young women. After all, in some parts of the country, girls who are 15 today have an 80 percent chance of acquiring HIV in their lifetimes.

“We’re really in the trenches here,” she said. “We have to bring all the technology, tools—you know, innovations—we can find to start turning that war around.”

22 Aug 2016 - 10:42

Robert Steinbrook, MD

Overshadowed by the Zika epidemic, concerns about terrorism and security, and the US presidential election, the global HIV/AIDS pandemic persists, with 2.1 million new HIV infections and 1.1 million deaths worldwide in 2015 ( The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, in July highlighted the remarkable progress since 2000, when the conference was last held in Durban and very few people in Africa received antiretroviral therapy.

22 Aug 2016 - 10:38

Zimbabwe has been chosen to the lead a campaign to prevent new infections, as the world focuses on an HIV and Aids-free generation by 2030.


Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa, who is leading the Zimbabwean delegation at the ongoing International Aids Conference in Durban, chairs a platform championing the prevention of new infections. “We were selected to lead this because we have been talking about this since 2000. We are leading this on the basis of Zimbabwe having shown leadership in prevention,” he said.


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