Agence France Presse (11.29.11) - Monday, December 05, 2011
South Africa's new National Antenatal Sentinel HIV and
Syphilis Prevalence survey shows an uptick in HIV among
pregnant 24- to 39-year-olds. The rate of older pregnant women
with HIV is up to 30.2 percent from 29.4 percent last year,
said Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. However, the number of
HIV-positive pregnant females ages 16-24 has stabilized.
"We're still far from winning the war, but we are getting
somewhere," he said in announcing the figures. New UNAIDS data
indicate South Africa continues to have the world's largest
HIV/AIDS caseload, 5.6 million people. Improved disease-
fighting efforts there helped bring infections down by 22
percent between 2001 and 2009 and deaths by 21 percent between
2001 and 2010, said UNAIDS.