Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), is a retrovirus that causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) and is a very important health concern in South Africa where it is believed that more people suffer from the virus than in any other country in the world.
About HIV/AIDS in South Africa
According to Statistics South Africa in 2011, about 16,6% of the adult population aged between 15-49 are HIV positive.
In South Africa, there are large differences in HIV prevalence across age groups, gender, geographical areas and socioeconomic statuses. For example, people in disadvantaged areas are more likely to be infected with HIV/AIDS, and it’s more prevalent among young female adults under the age of 40 in nearly all race groups. Similarly, new infections among older age groups in South Africa remain high, but new infections among teenagers seem to be on the decline. This is evident in the prevalence figures in the 15-19 year age group for 2005, 2006 and 2007 being 16%, 14% and 13% respectively.
In April 2010, the South African government launched its HIV Counselling and Testing campaign, which offers free HIV tests to all patients at public hospitals and clinics across the country. The campaign also seeks to create a culture of awareness and social responsibility and to remove the stigma that surrounds HIV/AIDS. An increase in Anti-Retro Viral (ARV) treatment has seen a reduction in the number of people dying as a result of being HIV positive.
Dreams To Reality
As a volunteer organization, Dreams To Reality aims to raise awareness and support the South African government in the fight against HIV/AIDs. Through our various volunteer programs, we aim to educate the youth in disadvantaged areas about the HIV/AIDS epidemic while reducing the social stigma that surrounds it.