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The World in Medicine
July 15, 2009

AIDS in South Africa

JAMA. 2009;302(3):246. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1013

South Africa's HIV/AIDS epidemic appears to have stabilized at a prevalence of about 11%, according to a national survey by the Human Sciences Research Council (http://www.hsrc.ac.za/Document-3238.phtml).

Although the overall prevalence has shown little change since the council's first 2 surveys in 2002 and 2005, the latest report found substantial decreases in HIV incidence among young South Africans aged 15 to 24 years, from 10.3% in 2005 to 8.6% in 2008. HIV prevalence also decreased among children aged 2 to 14 years, from 5.6% in 2002 to 2.5% in 2008.

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