HIV/Aids

Updated 11 February 2014

KZN accounts for third of daily HIV infections

There are 298 new HIV infections in KwaZulu-Natal daily, which accounts for a third of the 1000 new infections countrywide.

0
There are 298 new HIV infections in KwaZulu-Natal daily. They account for a third of the 1000 new infections countrywide, according to the latest South Africa Survey, published by the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) in Johannesburg last week.

The Survey is the annual yearbook on all social, economic, and political aspects of South Africa that the IRR has been publishing since 1946.
 
The data used was obtained from a Department of Health (DoH) publication entitled The 2011 National Antenatal Sentinel HIV and Syphilis Prevalence Survey in South Africa.

In 2011 KwaZulu-Natal had 108 594 new infections, 8 961 (8%) of which were accounted for by those under the age of 15, also referred to as children.

Watch: Can government grants reduce HIV rates? 

In total, some 1.1% of the province’s population was newly infected with HIV that year.

Following KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng had 71 637 new infections – the equivalent of 196 daily. Of these, 5 912 (8%) were accounted for by children. Some 0.6% of the provincial population was newly infected.
 
There were only 9 537 new infections in the Western Cape, which translates to 26 new infections daily. Of these, 787 (8%) were new child infections. Only 0.2% of the Western Cape population was newly infected, the lowest proportion of all the provinces.
 
In the whole country, there were 352 360 new infections in 2011, some 29 068 (8%) of which were child infections. People who were newly infected in 2011 accounted for 0.7% of South Africa’s population.


Read more:
HIV Awareness should be elevated all year
Life expectancy in SA increases
Aids may kill 61% of South Africans


 

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Ask the Expert

HIV/Aids expert

Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl qualified at the University of Pretoria before working for an HIV/AIDS NPO in Soweto for many years. She was named one of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans in 2012.

Still have a question?

Get free advice from our panel of experts

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

* You must accept our condition

Forum Rules