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The US government will provide an additional $1.2bn to SA’s HIV/AIDS programmes over the next two years in an urgent bid to help the country bring its epidemic under control. Describing SA as at a “crisis point”, US global AIDS co-ordinator Deborah Birx said the country would have 10-million people living with HIV by 2030 if it did not find a way to stem the tide of new infections, which stand at 250,000 a year. No government or outside donor could afford to treat so many people, she said. “We are using our money to say we need to wake up to the new reality that we have to do things differently in order to have a different outcome in SA,” she said in a telephone interview with Business Day on Monday. “We have to figure this out. We can no longer put our heads in the sand and pretend things are getting better. “Our resources come from the American people, so for us to make this kind of investment says we are deeply worried," she said. Several countries that had high HIV prevalence ha...

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