HIV/Aids stats to be released

2011-11-29 07:16

Johannesburg - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi will release the 2010 national antenatal HIV and syphilis survey on Tuesday.

"The survey is used to estimate the national prevalence of HIV and syphilis infection among pregnant women and then establish HIV prevalence estimate among the adult population of 15- to 49-year-olds," the department said.

The study is expected to determine the geographical distribution pattern of the diseases among pregnant women who visited antenatal clinics at national and provincial level by both district and age groups.

Last year, the 2009 survey found that the HIV-prevalence among pregnant women was estimated at 29.4%.

At the time, Motsoaledi said the numbers had to be brought down to 17.3% by 2015.

He said the national estimate and provincial figures in 2009 indicated a stable prevalence over the past four years.

  • braamc - 2011-11-29 07:29

    2010 figures at the end of 2011, helps a lot with planning..., but then look at this ANC's governments planning. There is just now other description - useless.

  • Walter - 2011-11-29 08:21

    I wonder how Mr. Motsoaledi determined the 17.3% figure by 2015? Just taken it out of a hat, or is there some basis to that?

      John - 2011-11-29 08:43

      Oh, I'm sure it involved a huge amount of guesswork - roomfulls of hardworking numbercrunchers slaving away night and day.

  • felican - 2011-11-29 09:29

    OK!!! mmm so people under 15 and over 49 years of age are not having sex???? I don't think so.. AND like all the 'stats' will definitely not be accurate... The Human Immunne Virus and the Acquired Immunity Deficiany of all humans will never be eradicated.. People are just non - caring and most too stupid to think for themselves.

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