Civil service AIDS document still under discussion
Tuesday 11 May 2004
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SOUTH AFRICA: Civil service AIDS document still under discussion

JOHANNESBURG, 30 March (PLUSNEWS) - A newspaper report that 100,000 South African civil servants are HIV-positive was based on a "resource document ... not yet finalised into a report," a researcher has said.

Up to 250,000 civil servants might die of the illness by 2012, the Sunday Independent newspaper said earlier this week, quoting a resource document from the Centre for the Study of AIDS at the University of Pretoria.

The study had also found that HIV/AIDS among civil servants threatened to hamper the functioning of the government.

However, Mary Crewe, a researcher at the university, was quoted by the South African Press Association as saying: "The resource document is in fact currently still being discussed ... and will be published as soon as the work has been completed."

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