HIV death rate in SA men much higher than in women


While men accounted for only a third of South Africa’s roughly 200 000 new HIV infections in the year ending mid-2019, they accounted for more than half of the approximately 74 000 HIV-related deaths in the same period, reported Spotlight (19 November 2020).


The numbers were released by the SA National AIDS Council (Sanac). As of 2019, 7.6-m people were living with HIV in South Africa - 4.8- m women, 2.5-m men and 300 000 children. Between 2010 and 2019 there has been a 57% reduction in the rate of new infections in South Africa. The district with the highest HIV prevalence was King Cetshwayo district in KwaZulu-Natal (31.6 %), while the Western Cape’s Central Karoo district had the lowest prevalence at 5.9%. In terms of incidence, or rate of new infections, the highest rate was seen in the Eastern Cape’s OR Tambo district - with 13.8 per 1 000 - while the district with the lowest incidence was also the Central Karoo, with a rate of 1.8 per 1 000.

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