Swaziland: More Than Half Young Adult Swazis Have HIV -- Survey
April 6, 2005
According to the "9th HIV Sentinel Survey" conducted by the Swaziland National AIDS Task Force, 56 percent the nation's adults ages 25-29 are infected with HIV. Data for the survey were taken from pregnant women who attended antenatal clinics in 2004; this group is considered a valid model for projecting the adult population's overall HIV rate. According to the survey, the HIV infection rate among those ages 19-49 rose to 42.6 percent from the 38.6 percent recorded last year. Helping to drive the epidemic, activists say, is a reluctance to test for HIV and a cultural taboo against admitting illness. Reuters obtained a copy of the report, which is to be released later this month by the health ministry.Adapted from:
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.