Halt HIV? For a start, ban Zuma-style polygamy

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Halt HIV? For a start, ban Zuma-style polygamy

Harmful African cultural, social and political beliefs - old or recently invented - have to be jettisoned

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Efforts to bring down HIV rates in SA will fail, unless there is a policy shift towards seeing the disease not as a purely medical one, but one that is driven by deadly attitudes based on patriarchy and harmful cultural beliefs.

A recent study by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which was published in the journal Nature, showed that almost one in five (17%) of SA adults aged between 15 and 49 have HIV. This is a 5% increased since 2000.

Figures released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) gives an even higher figure, reporting that 19% of South Africans between the ages of 15 and 49 are HIV positive. More people with HIV are living longer because they use antiretroviral drugs...

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