An estimated 2 000 new HIV infections occur in young women and girls every week in South Africa. Two high-profile programmes are aiming to address this crisis. In this joint Spotlight/Health-e News Service special investigation goes beyond the bells and whistles and asks what difference these programmes are really making. By AMY GREEN.
She Conquers was formed to combat the high rate of HIV among young women, driven in large part by ‘inter-generational’ relationships with much older men, so the campaign was disturbed to learn that one of its leaders has been having a relationship with Jacob Zuma, 52 years’ her senior.
KWA-ZULU NATAL – Right to Care, together with the Bhekuzulu Self-sustaining Project and the Mpilonhle Sanctuary Organization are working together to offer patients a one-stop shop where they can have all their chronic conditions seen to in a single visit.
Despite being offered a daily pill to protect them from HIV, almost three-quarters of women sex workers had stopped taking the pills after a year.