VHEMBE District Municipality has an HIV average of only 15%.
The good news came from acting premier, Jerry Ndou, on World Aids Day held at Mhlava Willem outside Giyani.
He said: “Our province is showing a decline of HIV prevalence from 21,4% in the period from 2009 to 2013.”
He warned against people who claim they are able to cure Aids, which only hurts patients and makes them default on treatment.
Ndou said another disturbing trend is the phenomenon of Blesser/blessee or sugar daddies.
He said this type of relationship exposes girls and women to HIV and unplanned pregnancies.
Ndou applauded the introduction of Max condoms which are welcome by many. Demand for these male condoms has doubled, he said.
Young Tiyani Manganyi said the new condoms will help young people to avoid the disease.
Tiyani told the People’s Paper: “Every day I see young people carrying Max condoms and I hope the future will be good.”
Local traditional leader Hosi Xiviti has always encouraged young people to look after themselves and use protection.
On World Aids Day, targets set by many countries were publicised.
Some nations have adopted the bold UNAIDS target of 90%.
In other words, the aims are: 90% of people who know their HIV status, 90% who are on ARVs and 90% who have undetectable signs of the HI virus.