People in Africa 'not using condoms enough'

Condom use in Africa needs to improve, especially as people in several countries in the continent are engaging in risky sexual behaviour.

This is according to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) - the United Nations agency tasked with controlling HIV - which has discovered individuals in Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, Senegal and Uganda are using fewer condoms.  

It was noted that evidence also suggests the number of people who have more than one sexual partner has increased in Ethiopia, Cote d'Ivoire, Congo, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Tanzania, Gabon, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Guyana and Rwanda.

New research has shown that while new infections in sub-Saharan Africa fell by 34 per cent between 2001 and 2012, around 70 per cent of the 2.3 million new infections with the virus in this period took place in the region.  

UNAIDS also discovered little progress has been made with regard to bringing down infections among drug users. quotes the group as saying: "In several parts of the world where people who inject drugs represent sizable components of national (HIV) epidemics, countries have yet to demonstrate a robust response to this public health challenge."