HIV/AIDS responsible for 25% of deaths in South Africa, report saysBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7318.890/a (Published 20 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:890
- Pat Sidley
The South African Medical Research Council has said that AIDS is South Africa's leading cause of death, with the disease causing 40% of deaths last year in people aged between 15 and 49 years.
The council carried out a study of mortality caused by HIV/AIDS over the whole population and concluded that the disease caused a quarter of all deaths.
The findings of the study, conducted by a team of specialists from South Africa and other countries, were initially kept under wraps, but several leaks provoked the government's statistical office—Statistics SA—into trying to discredit the …