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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS-Related Deaths Falling in S. Africa: Agency
<p>Staff Writer</p>
May 15, 2013

On May 14, Statistics South Africa, the country’s official statistics agency, declared that although one in 10 South Africans are HIV-positive, AIDS-related deaths are decreasing in the country. Bolstered treatment is beginning to have an impact. For years, South Africa has lagged behind in the HIV/AIDS crisis, but the country has developed a substantially large HIV treatment program. Research indicated that HIV/AIDS would cause 32 percent of all deaths in 2013, down from 48 percent in 2005. Statistician-General Pali Lehohla stated, “Medicine has advanced and people are living with HIV and AIDS.” The average life expectancy has increased to 59.6 years, from 51.6 in 2005. Still, the problem remains significant; 5.3 million people in a population of nearly 53 million South Africans live with HIV, with more than 1.9 million in treatment as of April 2013.