50 000 kids HIV positive

Around 50 000 children were infected with HIV/AIDS in 2010, an official has said.

Dr Tichaona Nyamundaya from the Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric Aids Foundation made the announcement at a SAFAIDS media training workshop in the city.

“Twenty to fifty thousand children were infected with HIV in 2010, which is about 15% of the population and only 10% of them got antiretroviral treatment,” said Nyamundaya.

He said his organisation initially intended to roll out treatment to 85 000 HIV-infected children, but managed only 5000, falling far below target.

“We initially wanted to give ART to 85 000 children infected with HIV, but we ended up managing to give only 5000,” said Nyamundaya.

He said 15% of the 5000 children received HIV tests within the first two months of the programme.

“Children should be offered early HIV testing and we had about 87 000 children in need of ART in 2010, but only 30 000 received treatment. This shows the importance of early testing,” he said.

Post published in: Africa News

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