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17 July 2018

HIV infections on decline

New HIV infections have significantly declined over the past five years, with the HIV incidence rate of 0.48% observed in 2017 compared to the 2012 infection rate of 0.85%.

According to the results of the Human Sciences Research Council’s SA National HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey for 2017 released in Pretoria on Tuesday, this decreasing trend was consistent with the previous estimates of HIV prevalence. The survey recorded an estimated 231 100 new HIV infections in 2017.

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