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07 Jun 2017

Take part in 2017 HIV, Behaviour Study

South African News Gazette

Pretoria South Africans across the country are encouraged to participate in a nationwide health survey, the 2017 HIV and Behaviour Study, to determine the prevalence of HIV in South Africa.

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) started briefly with the study in December in KwaZulu-Natal, and proceeded to the Western Cape and Gauteng in January. The study was conducted in some provinces in February and March, targeting 60 000 random but scientifically selected individuals across the country. Fieldworkers will be visiting other parts of the country and the Western Cape in June.

The HSRC said it has put about 72 teams of trained field workers together, easily identifiable by their HSRC bibs and carrying HSRC-issued identification cards, who will be interviewing a total of 60 000 individuals of all ages from households in towns, cities and villages across the entire country.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and it is important for as many people who are approached to take part in order for the results to be representative of the whole country.

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South African News Gazette