Wednesday, November 21, 2007

SA still has largest HIV positive population

By Marthe van der Wolf
21 November 2007



South Africa still has the largest HIV positive population in the world. This was said in report of the United Nations that was released on Wednesday. However, in general, the number of people living with HIV is declining.

About 33.2 million people in the world have HIV compared to 39.5 million in 2006. Still, about 1.6 million people have died of Aids in sub-Saharan Africa in the past year according to the report of the United Nations.

More than 15 percent of adults with HIV live in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Although the report of the UN didn’t give a figure on South Africa, the government estimates that of the 48 million people living in this country, 5,5 million are living with the disease.

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