HIV prevention – New injection could boost the fight, but some hurdles remain

Mixed fortunes: Health Minister, Edwin Dikoloti is reaping accolades for the injectable ARV and strides in the achievement of other HIV targets. He however is also under pressure to improve supply of medicines for other diseases for Botswana PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Mixed fortunes: Health Minister, Edwin Dikoloti is reaping accolades for the injectable ARV and strides in the achievement of other HIV targets. He however is also under pressure to improve supply of medicines for other diseases for Botswana PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

While the world has focused on the COVID pandemic for nearly three years, less and less attention is being paid to HIV.

However, HIV is still a global problem. In 2021, according to the United Nations, 38.4 million people were living with HIV, over 650,000 died from AIDS-related illnesses, and 1.5 million became newly infected.

Nearly 70% of infections occur in key groups: sex workers and their clients, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and transgender people and their sexual partners. Adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa are another important group, with nearly 5,000 getting HIV every week.

Editor's Comment
Tighten the law on drug dealers

Our youth are perishing; their once hopeful bright future is going down the drain; all because of illicit drugs.It is very easy to blame the addict, but it is not as simple as that! Drug dealing is a very lucrative business for some shameless people amongst our society and as such they have come up with tight strategies on how to push their business.Drug addiction is bad, and while the individual on drugs sometimes might have been the one who...

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