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SOUTH AFRICA: Expert warns of rising AIDS prevalence


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JOHANNESBURG, 7 October (PLUSNEWS) - South Africa is showing a steady increase in its HIV/AIDS prevalence rate, a professor from the University of KwaZulu-Natal has warned.

In his address at opening of the Gauteng AIDS Council conference in Johannesburg on Thursday, Prof Alan Whiteside noted that infection rates among people aged 20 to 24 were still rising, while 29 percent of women were HIV-positive.

The local Mail and Guardian newspaper quoted Whiteside as saying, "HIV prevalence in Gauteng is well over 30 percent and provinces like KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and the Free State have the highest prevalence rates in the country."

According to Whiteside, the impact of the pandemic was not only being felt at government level but also in schools, communities, municipalities and the workplace.

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