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    Survey Results – HIV/AIDS Estimates – South Africa
    Source – World health organisation

    Number of people living with HIV: 5 700 000 [4 900 000 – 6 600 000]
    Adults aged 15 to 49 prevalence rate: 18.1% [15.4% – 20.9%]
    Adults aged 15 and up living with HIV: 5 400 000 [4 700 000 – 6 200 000]
    Women aged 15 and up living with HIV: 3 200 000 [2 800 000 – 3 700 000]
    Children aged 0 to 14 living with HIV: 280 000 [230 000 – 320 000]
    Deaths due to AIDS: 350 000 [270 000 – 420 000]
    Orphans due to AIDS aged 0 to 17: 1 400 000 [1 100 000 – 1 800 000]
    Source: Epidemiological Fact Sheet on HIV and AIDS, 2008

    An estimated 5.7 million people living with HIV are in South Africa, approximately 3.2 million are women and 280,000 children (ages 0-14).

    HIV prevalence among women attending antenatal clinics was 29% in 2006, compared to 30.2% in 2005.

    Among adults (ages 15-49) HIV prevalence was 18.3% in 2006. Evidence points to a significant decline in HIV prevalence among young people (below age 20), where prevalence was 13.7% in 2006 compared to 15.9% in 2005.

    There is significant variation in HIV prevalence by province, ranging from 39.1% in KwaZulu-Natal to 15.1% in Western Cape.

    Inter-district HIV prevalence variation in the country is between 46% and 5.3%.

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