Surveys and studies are not just for the academic and research community, they have important relevance for ordinary people like you and I.
The South African National HIV Prevalence Incidence Behaviour and Communication Survey for 2017, released last month revealed important information that women should take heed of.
The survey, conducted by the Human Science Research Council and other organisations, showed that the incidence of HIV today is higher among females compared to males. Specifically, HIV incidence is currently three times higher among females compared to males. Overall HIV incidence in the reproductive age group was higher among females compared to males. These are concerning statistics for young women.
However, this same survey also showed the great strides forward that South Africa as a country has made in tackling the HIV epidemic and ramping up efforts to prevent and treat HIV with antiretroviral therapy or ART.
The main challenges that we still face that the study concluded with were:
The good thing about a properly researched and compiled study is that it shows us where the gaps are, where our work needs to focus and where we need to ramp up our efforts. It allows SANAC, all government departments, civil society, not for profit organisations like Right to Care, business and employers, donors and funders, traditional leaders and ordinary citizens to work together and take action.
We will unpack some of the issues that women face that this study highlighted here on our Right to Care blog page during Women’s Month. So watch this space.
Here are some important contact numbers for women of all ages who feel they need support in any aspect of their lives right now:
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