HIV/AIDS deaths on the rise - report
Tuesday 3 August 2004
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MOZAMBIQUE: HIV/AIDS deaths on the rise - report


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JOHANNESBURG, 27 July (PLUSNEWS) - Recent HIV/AIDS figures for Mozambique show that prevalence rates among the adult population have increased by more than 1 percent to nearly 15 percent.

According to the Portuguese news agency, Lusa, a recent report by the country's National Statistics Institute (INE) suggested that if the pandemic continued to go unchecked, HIV/AIDS would be the cause of one in three deaths in Mozambique by 2010.

There were currently 500 HIV infections daily, and some 97,000 people could die of AIDS-related illnesses in 2004 alone.

Mozambique had an estimated 273,000 AIDS orphans, and the report noted that at least 90 children became infected daily through vertical transmission - infections passed from mother to child during pregnancy.

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