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Aids rate lower than reported - SANDF

2013-03-19 12:20

Johannesburg - The SA National Defence Force has a HIV/Aids prevalence rate of 8.5%, spokesperson Colonel Louis Kirstein said on Tuesday.

"There are various organisations and researchers who claim that the defence force has an HIV/Aids rate of 28%," he said in a statement.

He dismissed this claim, and said a study was done which showed an HIV prevalence rate of 8.5%, compared to the national prevalence rate of about 19%.

"This figure was obtained from the SANDF health status report of September 2011, and was reconfirmed in a HIV prevalence study done during August 2012," said Kirstein.

It was conducted among regular force and military skills development system members.

Another study was being planned for 2013.

Comments
  • Seanred - 2013-03-19 12:26

    Ja, right.

      Andrew Selous - 2013-03-19 12:34

      damn,you beat me to it

      Brad Herbert - 2013-03-19 13:37

      That cos those who had HIV are all dead. I bet the body count of deceased SANDF members went up. Coincidence?

      Sipho Marete - 2013-03-19 15:02

      HIV or no HIV, the SANDF must be one of the most useless defence forces in the world, ever.

  • En Gineer - 2013-03-19 12:30

    There is no reason whatsoever for the HIV rate in the SANDF to be any higher than the national average. Why would it be higher than policemen, nurses, teachers etc etc? Just that stupid people will pass on the aids infested army rumour with no facts to back it up.

      Antipoaching - 2013-03-19 12:53

      and the reason for it to be so much lower than the national average (19% in general and only 8.5% for SANDF)??? Come on, I live near the 6 SA Infantry base, the HIV infection rate amongst the soldiers at the base is way higher than 8.5%. I think the SANDF may be fudging here!

      Gxowa Vusumzi Coward - 2013-03-19 14:36

      Clearly Antipoaching u hve no idea hw they calculate %s cz if u dd u were not gonna base ur argument on 1 unit against the whole units of SANDF.

  • andynct - 2013-03-19 12:46

    Good news.

  • Marc Ross - 2013-03-19 13:11

    Members of the SANDF have good access to showers. And as we all know showers cure/prevent the spread of AIDS. Our Commander in Chief says so. Anyone who believes the SANDF has an infection rate HALF the national average is smoking crack. All these troops living in close proximity with NOTHING to do all day, its buggery and fornication in the ranks for sure.

      Henchman Monco - 2013-03-19 14:23

      @Ross... u r talking pure rubbish

      Marc Ross - 2013-03-19 17:02

      Henchman you may be right. If weight loss is an symptom of HIV/AIDS then SANDF infection rate is only 1 %. The old army tents as we knew them are now uniforms. (used to sleep 8 now worn by 1)

  • Kobus Basson - 2013-03-19 13:17

    The statistics was supposed to be 0%. The soldiers should be fit, sportive, and healty. They must be able to protect the intrest of the Republic of South Africa. Maybe its the case because all the MINISTERS, COMMISSIONERS, ARMY, POLICE, TRAFIC ARE UGLY AND FAT.

  • Joan Vd Merwe - 2013-03-19 13:40

    "Another study was being planned for 2013" with more botched percentages no doubt!

  • Stephan van Heerden - 2013-03-19 13:46

    Colonel Louis Kirstein, I don't believe you and/or the results of the said study. Publish the full study if the SANDF have gutts.

  • Gxowa Vusumzi Coward - 2013-03-19 14:03

    Iv always believed SANDF hs the lowest HIV rate amongst any department.I first SANDF recruitment policy is strict on Aids meaning only HiV free recruits join their ranks n secondly SANDF conduct full medical checks atleast in all their units.3rdly being sick in the military is a disadvantage cz u won't deploy external wher soldier do get extra enough cash

  • Nthabeleng Chabangu - 2013-03-19 14:51

    This is a lie the number is greater than the 8.5%

      Junior Mahlo - 2013-03-19 16:08

      Great, and how do you know that??

  • Nthabeleng Chabangu - 2013-03-19 14:54

    This is a lie the number is greater than the 8.5%

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