The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng says that the goal of the National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan, to halve HIV infections by 2011, is not going to be met.
The party’s provincial spokesperson, Jack Bloom, points out that, "My impression is that we are failing to effect real behaviour change. Awareness is high, but fundamental changes in behaviour are not happening."
Bloom says he is ‘distressed’ that HIV prevalence among pregnant women in Gauteng has not declined, despite all the massive spending and effort.
Quoting from the National HIV Antenatal Prevalence Survey, Bloom says that HIV prevalence among pregnant women in Gauteng had remained stable, at around 30 percent from 2007 to 2009.
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