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AIDS epidemic in South Africa may be slowing, survey shows

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2485 (Published 18 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2485
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. 1Johannesburg

    South Africa’s AIDS epidemic, in which 5.2 million people are HIV positive, seems to be slowing, with indications that young people especially are changing their behaviour to reduce their risk of contracting the disease.

    The prevalence of the disease in South Africans has remained fairly constant at about 10.6% of the population. However, findings of a national survey show that in children between the ages of 2 and 14 the prevalence of HIV/AIDS has dropped from 5.6% to 2.5% between 2002 and 2008.

    On receiving the report, the health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, said with audible relief, “There is light at the end of the tunnel.”

    The latest data were collected by the Human Sciences Research …

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