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01 Dec 2004

The Treat of AIDS in SA
JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 1 (Xinhuanet) -- The killer disease AIDS has posed a disastrous threat to South Africa as the annual number of deaths due to AIDS is projected to peak with 487,320 in the year 2008.
South Africa has the world's highest number of HIV infections, namely 5.6 million or 12 percent of the total population of 46 million.
By 2020, the total population in South Africa is expected to be23 percent smaller than it would be without AIDS, according to a recent report published in the African Journal of AIDS Research.
Life expectancy at birth is expected to hit a low of 45.6 years in the time period 2005-2010, which is 22 years less than it would have been in the absence of AIDS. Ten years from now over 2.5 million AIDS orphans are projected for South Africa.
Prof. Rob Dorrington, head of the Center for Actuarial Research at the University of Cape Town, said that AIDS will account for 44 percent of all deaths this year. Population growth has fallen to 0.8 percent a year, and is projected to fall to 0.4 percent in the years beyond 2011.
In South Africa, HIV is spread mainly through heterosexual sex, which is a lot more complicated than sharing contaminated needles.
As in many other developing countries, young women are most at risk of becoming infected. In older age groups, more men than women are infected, reflecting the tendency of men to have younger sexual partners. HIV prevalence is highest among women aged 25 to 29 (29.7 percent), and among men aged 30-34 (26.4 percent).
Obviously, HIV/AIDS has produced tremendous negative impact upon South Africa. A recent World Bank study predicted an economic collapse in South Africa within four generations if more isn't done to stem the epidemic here.
More than 20 percent of the country's citizens in the 15-49-agegroup are currently infected and it is estimated that the rainbow nation could lose half of its per capita income in the next few generations if drastic measures are not taken.

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01 Jan 0001

Sadly, if tis government and the prevous regime, had not deliberately ignored vital steps in countering AIDS , for political reasons, we might be in a far better state right now ; let's not keep making the same mistakes
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