Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. Photo: Antoine de Ras
Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. Photo: Antoine de Ras

Motsoaledi set to release HIV stats

Time of article published Nov 29, 2011

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Johannesburg - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi will release the 2010 national antenatal HIV and syphilis survey on Tuesday.

“The survey is used to estimate the national prevalence of HIV and syphilis infection among pregnant women and then establish HIV prevalence estimate among the adult population of 15- to 49-year-olds,” the department said in an earlier statement.

The study is expected to determine the geographical distribution pattern of the diseases among pregnant women who visited antenatal clinics at national and provincial level by both district and age groups.

Last year, the 2009 survey found that the HIV-prevalence among pregnant women was estimated at 29.4 percent.

At the time, Motsoaledi said the numbers had to be brought down to 17.3 percent by 2015.

He said the national estimate and provincial figures in 2009 indicated a stable prevalence over the past four years. - Sapa

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