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SANDF HIV/AIDS rate at 8.5%: defence force




 

The SA National Defence Force has a HIV/AIDS prevalence rate of 8.5%, spokesman Colonel Louis Kirstein said on Tuesday.

"There are various organisations and researchers who claim that the defence force has an HIV/AIDS rate of 28%," he said in a statement.

He dismissed this claim, and said a study was done which showed an HIV prevalence rate of 8.5%, compared to the national prevalence rate of about 19%.

"This figure was obtained from the SANDF health status report of September 2011, and was reconfirmed in a HIV prevalence study done during August 2012," said Kirstein.

It was conducted among regular force and military skills development system members.

Another study was being planned for 2013.



 


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Information in this article was accurate in March 19, 2013. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.