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HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC CONTROL STILL ELUSIVE FOR BOTSWANA DESPITE GREAT STRIDES IN COMBATING THE PANDEMIC

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Botswana has recorded a reduction of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths by 37% and 22% respectively since 2010, however despite this reduction, the country has not yet reached epidemic control. This was shared by the Acting Coordinator of the National AIDS & Health Promotion Agency, Robert Selatwe when appearing before the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee yesterday.

He highlighted that the country failed to meet the UNAIDS target of reducing new HIV infections by 70% from 2010.

Selatwe shared that UNAIDS has revealed that Botswana recorded a total of 374 thousand people living with HIV at the end of last year, with 8 thousand 816 new infections and about 5000 AIDS-related deaths annually.