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HIV/AIDS responsible for 25% of deaths in South Africa, report says

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 20 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:890
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    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 …

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