Thursday, December 01, 2005

WORLD AIDS DAY



DECEMBER 1st IS WORLD AIDS DAY

A second national HIV/Aids study confirms that roughly 11 percent of South Africa's 45 million people are infected with the Aids virus, with young women the most at risk. The survey, coinciding with World Aids Day today, is among the most comprehensive of any Aids study done in Africa, involving more than 23 thousand people of whom almost 16 thousand agreed to be tested for HIV. According to the survey the national percentage has not changed significantly since the first study in 2002. Reuters quotes co-principle investigator of the report, doctor Thomas Rehle, as saying now is a very critical time to see this plateau is kept, or see a decline in coming years.

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