Gauteng ramps up fight against HIV and TB

Gauteng ramps up fight against HIV and TB

The Gauteng Department of Health is ramping up its efforts in the fight against HIV/ Aids and TB in the province. 

hiv testing / istock
hiv testing / istock

This comes after services dedicated to the diseases were severely disrupted following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi says the provincial health department has been allocated just over R6 billion in the fight against HIV/ Aids and TB. 

“To achieve this objective, a total of R6.2 billion in the 2022/2023 financial year has been set aside for HIV and TB programmes. 

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“The foremost focus of these areas will be on revitalisation of the HIV counselling and testing campaign and intensifying interventions on the highest risk population of HIV infections and transmissions. The department will also intensify ARV rollout to initiate more people into treatment.” 

In the 2021/2022 financial year, the Department of Health conducted over 5 million HIV tests. 

Results showed that a total of 151 771 people tested positive for the virus. 

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