South Africa: AIDS Infection Rates Slightly Down, According to New Health Ministry Figures
June 10, 2002
The AIDS infection rate among young South Africans appears to have dipped slightly, according to Health Ministry figures released today. Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said the infection rate of pregnant women under age 20 had decreased from 18 percent in 1998 to 15.4 percent in 2000. Stigma against the disease runs high in South Africa, however, and many people refuse to take HIV tests, making an accurate count difficult. Tshabalala-Msimang credited the government's AIDS prevention program for bringing down the number of AIDS cases, but critics say that until recently the government's policies hampered efforts to combat HIV's spread. In April, the government announced a more aggressive approach to tackling the epidemic.Adapted from:
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