Progress on AIDS in South Africa points to way forward (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)
South Africa has more people living with HIV-AIDS than any other country in the world, a staggering seven million.
But, in the past generation, it has gone from being the poster child for the pandemic’s relentless and unstoppable devastation to a symbol of hope and living proof that HIV-AIDS can be slowed, and maybe even stopped.
The treatment-as-prevention approach – pioneered by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV-AIDS – has had a dramatic impact. The number of new HIV infections has dropped by one-third, from 3.1 million a year to two million a year between 2000 and 2015.
Andre Picard reports