In 2017, the highest estimated HIV prevalence at the second administrative level in South Africa was 29.7%, in uMgungundlovu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. The lowest prevalence of HIV/Aids was 7.6%, in the West Coast District Municipality.
The director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr John Nkengasong, said the paper provided geographic estimates of HIV prevalence and the number of people living with HIV, helping to better prioritise areas for health-care support.
"Changing the trajectory of HIV/Aids in Africa requires that we continue to seek better ways to know the epidemic. This paper will support policymakers and health-care providers in locating hot spots of HIV/Aids at national and sub-national levels. It will also help guide smart investment of scarce resources for diagnosis, prevention and treatment," Nkengasong said.
The study is available at IHME’s website at www.healthdata.org; data visualisations are available at https://vizhub.healthdata.org/lbd/hiv.