AIDS Deaths in South Africa Decline, Actuarial Model Says
March 15, 2011
The number of AIDS-related deaths in South Africa has fallen by almost 25 percent in the last six years, according to research from the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA), Agence France-Presse reports. ASSA's model "estimates that AIDS deaths fell from 257,000 six years ago to 194,000 last year," the news service notes. "Their latest research estimates 10.9 percent of South Africans -- 5.5 million people -- were HIV-positive last year. From 2005 to 2010, infections among 15 to 24 year olds dropped 1.5 percent, but rose among 15 to 49 year olds by 0.6 percent, partly due to adults living longer due to anti-AIDS drugs," according to AFP. In a statement (.pdf), ASSA said, "The rapid expansion of South Africa's antiretroviral programme appears to have slowed down the AIDS mortality rate in recent years" (3/11).
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