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HIV+ men more likely to die - study

2012-09-05 10:13

Johannesburg - HIV-positive men in South Africa are a third more likely to die than HIV-positive women, according to The Star newspaper on Wednesday.

Men presenting late for treatment also played a role in some cases, the newspaper reported.

The report in the PLOS Medicine journal resulted from a study which evaluated the country's antiretroviral programme to improve service delivery, with particular interest shown in the differences between men and women.

The report did however state the different death rates were likely attributable to death rates in the general population and unrelated to HIV, the newspaper reported.

Researchers also acknowledged that the difference in death rates between men and women with HIV were not very well understood, according to the Star.

An alternative theory was that men's primary healthcare needs were neglected.

Comments
  • mark.d.barnard - 2012-09-05 10:22

    I had to facepalm and chuckle at the claim of the headline...newsflash, life has a 100% mortality rate. "More likely to die early" may have been better? Yes, I have a somewhat morbid sense of humour at times...

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-05 10:32

      Yeah life is kinda temporary.

      mfundo.makapela - 2012-09-05 11:07

      Mark,you are right,nothing morbid there.The phrasing was just wrong,unless the study suggest that HIV negative males remain immortal.

  • xolani.khoza.144 - 2012-10-19 09:19

    Reading the well known PW Botha 1982 speech , you will know that the colonialist have done extremely well on their planned genoicide ...

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