HSRC, 2017. 6 p.
Human Sciences Research Council, HSRC
The HSRC 2012 population-based survey of national HIV prevalence, incidence and behaviour reported that there were approximately 469 000 new HIV infections in 2012 (Shisana et al. 2014). More than one-third of these infections (192 000) were among young people in the 15–24 years age group, with females accounting for 90% of new infections. Among those 25 years and older, 300 000 new infections were estimated, with the highest number of infections among females (175 000) compared to males (125 000). The majority of students in South Africa’s public higher education institutions (HEIs) and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges belong to this most affected age group, especially those 18–24 years old (MacGregor 2012). In addition, the impact of HIV/AIDS and associated risk behaviour pose a threat to both students and employees alike. The Higher Education and Training HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) is an initiative of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) that is implemented through Universities South Africa (formerly Higher Education of South Africa – HESA) in partnership with the South African College Principals Organisation (SACPO). HEAIDS is therefore a relevant platform from which to provide interventions to prevent new HIV infection, as well as care and support for infected or affected employees and students.
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