Updated 14 May 2013

Life expectancy in SA increases

Despite the fact that one in every 10 South Africans is HIV-positive, life expectancy in SA has increased, according to Statistics South Africa.

One in every 10 South Africans is HIV-positive, according to Statistics South Africa 2013 mid-year population estimate.
Other interesting statistics about the SA population were revealed:

  • The total number of South Africans living with HIV is about 5.26 million.
  • In the age group 15 – 49, the HIV prevalence is 15.9%.
  • The total population of SA is 52.98 million people a million more than were counted in Census 2011.
  • Stats SA estimates that 200 000 people will die from Aids-related complications in 2013.
  • The total number of people living with HIV has gone up by more than a million – from 4 million in 2002, to more than five million in 2013.
  • The life expectancy of South Africans has increased by a year to 59.6 (57.7 for males and 61.4 years for females.
  • The province with the lowest life expectancy is the free State.
  • Over 1.9 million adults and children are receiving antiretroviral treatment nationwide.
  • The 2011 Census indicated that there were 2,01 million Aids orphans in SA.
  • In May 2012, the government said it had cut the mother-to-child transmission rate from 3.5% in 2010 to less than 2%.

(Source: Statistics South Africa)

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