AIDS is now responsible for 25% of all deaths in South Africa and for 40% of deaths in people between the ages of 15 and 49 years, according to a new report by the South African Medical Research Council. The report, The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Adult Mortality in South Africa, is available online at http://www.mrc.ac.za. "The projections show that, without treatment to prevent AIDS, the number of AIDS deaths can be expected to grow, within the next 10 years, to more than double the number of deaths due to all other causes, resulting in 5 to 7 million cumulative AIDS deaths in South Africa by 2010," the report notes.
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