SAfrica likely to see swell in HIV/AIDS infection
The number of HIV-AIDS cases in South Africa is expected to increase to more than 5.8 million by 2010, according to a new survey.india Updated: Nov 29, 2005 20:39 IST
The number of HIV-AIDS cases in South Africa is expected to increase to more than 5.8 million by 2010, according to a new survey.
The survey, conducted by the Actuarial Society of South Africa, shows that just over five million South Africans are living with HIV-AIDS at the moment.
"As the number of new HIV infections currently exceeds the number of AIDS deaths, the HIV prevalence is still slowly growing in South Africa", the Acturial Society said on Thursday.
The increase in the HIV infections is taking place despite concerted interventions by the Government and NGOs to educate South Africans against the killer disease.
The survey found that 340,000 people died of AIDS-related illnesses between mid-2004 and 2005. According to the study, just 120,000 of the country's 520,000 AIDS sufferers in need of anti-retroviral treatment are receiving the drugs.
The Acturial Society says about one and a half million South Africans have died of AIDS-related diseases since the start of the pandemic.