Parliament has formed a joint committee on HIV and Aids in an attempt to prevent the pandemic from spreading.
Parliamentary Communication Services said in a statement on Thursday that it was necessary and important for Parliament to form a committee that would specifically focus on the pandemic.
"The committee will comprise Members of Parliament from the National Council of Provinces and the National Assembly," it said.
"It was born out of a decision by the sub-committee on the Review of Joint Rules."
The committee will act as an advisory, influential and consultative body and will monitor and evaluate the implementation of government's strategy, policy and programmes on HIV and Aids.
Its activities will include introducing an HIV and Aids-related focus in parliamentary activities -- including programming of debates, monitoring parliamentary oversight and ensuring that HIV and Aids prevention and treatment are priorities on the national agenda.
The committee will also examine and evaluate the legal framework and make recommendations on existing and proposed legislation coming from the department of health.