In 2017, three quarters of people living with HIV (75%) knew their HIV status, compared to just two thirds (67%) in 2015.
As the world celebrates Worlds AIDS DA on Saturday the country's now listed as having the world's largest antiretroviral treatment programme.
- South Africa has the world's highest HIV prevalence, with nearly one in five people infected. People who test positive for HIV should be linked immediately to antiretroviral therapy to keep them alive and well.
To reach our goal of ending AIDS by 2030, let's commit to stepping up efforts to address health inequities and promote universal access to HIV and health services that leave no-one behind.
People living with HIV still face stigma, according to UTS research.
At the ceremony, condoms and other HIV preventive materials were freely distributed to participants and hundreds of people voluntarily participated in HIV testing.
"We find that stigma is the thing that makes people hesitate to ask for an HIV test from their doctor, Darryl O'Donnell from the Australian Foundation of AIDS Organisations told SBS News".
In addition, Baeten says testing and treatment have to be available to everyone. Although the number of people receiving treatment has doubled in the last few years, the Eastern Mediterranean Region has the lowest rate of all World Health Organization regions in diagnosing people who are infected and linking them to care and treatment.
More than half of respondents reported negative or different treatment by health workers.
"We are anxious about treatment not being available as regular as it should".
Speaking during an adjournment debate on HIV, he said: "Next year it will be 10 years since I became HIV-positive".
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