Bots HIV epidemic passes tipping point

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Botswana is one of a few countries where the HIV epidemic has passed the tipping point Voice of America’s Selebi-Phikwe Branch Manager Charles Shepard has said.

That, he said meant for every new person on treatment, there was less than one person newly infected.

Shepard who was speaking during the Selebi-Phikwe AIDS Day commemorations on Friday said this was made possible in part by his country’s partnership with Botswana through US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has been in place for the last 10 years. He applauded Botswana for its policy of providing free Antiretroviral treatment to its citizens, saying it had become a model for Africa and the world.

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