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Eastern Cape youth ignorant of AIDS

The South African AIDS lobby group, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), has expressed concern over the poor level of HIV/AIDS knowledge among pupils in the rural Eastern Cape province.

Portia Ngcaba, coordinator of the TAC AIDS education roadshow being conducted in the province, said although most youth and some adults still did not know about HIV prevention, communities were willing to learn about it.

"People don't even have a basic knowledge about the HI virus ... we established an AIDS centre at a school in Alice [a small rural town] last week, and parents and pupils want to know more," she told a local Afrikaans-language newspaper.

Ngcaba said although TAC's current prevention programme focused on rural communities, upcoming initiatives would be aimed at addressing ignorance in the urban areas of the province.

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