Nearly Third of South Africa's Pregnant Women Carry HIV: Report
December 5, 2011
South Africa's new National Antenatal Sentinel HIV and Syphilis Prevalence survey shows an uptick in HIV among pregnant 24- to 39-year-olds. The rate of older pregnant women with HIV is up to 30.2 percent from 29.4 percent last year, said Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. However, the number of HIV-positive pregnant females ages 16-24 has stabilized. "We're still far from winning the war, but we are getting somewhere," he said in announcing the figures. New UNAIDS data indicate South Africa continues to have the world's largest HIV/AIDS caseload, 5.6 million people. Improved disease-fighting efforts there helped bring infections down by 22 percent between 2001 and 2009 and deaths by 21 percent between 2001 and 2010, said UNAIDS.
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