28% of South African School Girls Are HIV-Positive
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Motsoaledi was put into office in 2009, after the term of former South African President Thabo Mbeki. Mbeki was instrumental in brainwashing a lot of citizens to believe that HIV does not cause AIDS, because he himself was brainwashed by HIV Denialist and/or Dissidents. Mbeki also claimed that his administration did not have the resources to send aide to all South Africans that were HIV positive. Motsoaledi stated that he has treated pregnant girls that range from ages 10 to 14 who were also HIV positive. After he took office, there were rates of infection that were first greater than 678,000 but climbed to 1.5 million. In 2012 alone 260,000 perished from AIDS, about half of which were from South Africa.
Author's Note, 4/24/13: The report on which this blog was based was found to be incorrect; South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's words at an event were misinterpreted by a journalist and then re-reported by other news companies and agencies. According to Motsoaledi, there are no statistics available on national figures of HIV prevalence among young girls.
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