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South Africa has a population of 49 million and the largest numbers of HIV infections in the world. HIV prevalence among adults aged between 15 and 49 is 17.8%. The impact of HIV on people and communities is alarming. Hospitals are struggling to cope with the number of HIV patients they have to care for and schools are suffering due to fewer teachers as a result of the epidemic. There are currently almost 2 million orphans (due to AIDS) aged between 1 and 17 years old living in South Africa.. Read more


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HIV/ AIDS treatment in South Africa (Dec 2005):
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Epidemiological Country Profile:
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Country Cooperation Strategy (2008-2013):
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Health Financing South Africa (as of 2005):
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Health Profile:
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HIV and AIDS and STI Strategic Plan for South Africa 2007-2011
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Ms Winnie Dhlamlenze
South African Local Government Association
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Partnership and resource mobilisation activities have been initiated with USAID, SALGA, the South Africa Cities Network and United Cities and Local Governments of Africa.

  Key facts South Africa & HIV/ AIDS  
Latest statistics
Total population: 49 Million
Life expectancy at birth m/f (years): 52.0
Gross national income per capita (PPP international $): 9,812.10
Number of people living with HIV: 5,600,000
Adults aged 15 to 49 prevalence rate: 17.8 %
Adults aged 15 and up living with HIV: 5,300,000
Women aged 15 and up living with HIV: 3, 300,000
Children aged 0 to 14 living with HIV: 330,000
Deaths due to AIDS: 310,000
Orphans due to AIDS aged 0 to 17: 1,900,000
The main means of transmission are heterosexual contact between couples, and mother-to-child transmission.
Violence against women, including sexual violence is very widespread in South Africa. In a large survey, more than four out of every ten South African men reported to have been physically violent to an intimate partner.
The National Strategic Plan (NSP), which is a plan of action involving various sectors, has called for the treatment, care, and support of 80 % of HIV positive people by the year 2011.
South Africa is one of the several African countries that have implemented innovative ideas in the AIDS response. South Africa’s idea comes in the form of Project Masiluleke, which uses mobile technology to encourage South Africans to get tested and treated for HIV. In this project, text messages are written in local languages and are used to direct users to the National AIDS Helpline.
South Africa is home to the world’s largest population of people living with HIV, which was at 5.7 million in 2007.




(The latest statistics are from UNAIDS, 2009)

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