“These [social networks] can be used to remind their sexually active friends to always practice safe sex,” Ramaphosa said.
Speaking about the challenge of preventing infection amongst young people in the country he said, “South Africa continues to do well in terms of treating HIV and AIDS, but new HIV infections, especially among young people, remains a big challenge.”
Last year, there were 270 000 new HIV infections in South Africa. It was estimated that 2000 of those were young women between the ages of 15 and 24.
This year’s conference focused mostly on preventing infection with the theme being: “The long walk to prevention, every voice counts.”
Ramaphosa acknowledged the gains made by South Africa in the fight against HIV and Aids but he urged citizens to not be complacent.
“I encourage all young people to embark on the long walk to prevention. This generation is duty bound to make history, in fact they are makers of history,” he said.
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