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Ramaphosa: Youth must end the scourge of HIV/Aids

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the youth of South Africa are the key to ending HIV.

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He urged young South Africans to focus on prevention.

"This generation of South African youth, like those of 1976, are duty-bound to make history and in fact they are supposed to be the makers of history. They must end the spread of a disease that often stands between them and their dreams."

 A dozen women staged a silent protest during  Ramaphosa's speech.

 The group of activists held placards calling for the decriminalisation of sex work.

Ramaphosa, who is the chairperson of the South African National Aids Council (SANAC), delivered his speed amidst the protest - telling delegates that the new National Strategic Plan for HIV prevention and treatment for sex workers - will strengthen their interventions to reduce HIV and TB infections.

"While we acknowledge the huge gains that we have made, we know very well and remain very much alive and anxious about the persistently high levels of new infections, particularly among young girls and women."

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