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14 Jun 2017

HIV increase in teachers

The New Age

There has been an increase in the number of HIV infections among teachers in South Africa from 12.7% in 2004 to 15.3% in 2015.

This is according to a 2016 survey compiled by the Human Sciences Research Council on the Health of Educators in Public Schools in South Africa.

A high HIV prevalence was found among black people, those with low education levels, low disposable income, unmarried and widowed and among those teaching in rural informal areas. HIV prevalence was found to be highest in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape.

Although the Western Cape ranked lowest, there has been an increase in HIV prevalence over time, from 1.1% in 2004 to 3.4% in 2015.

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The New Age