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.

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.

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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.

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