South Africa Reeling Under High HIV Prevalence

In a piece of information which would come as a shock to people, it has been estimated that almost 30% pregnant women in South Africa were HIV-positive. The shocking statistics were announced by the Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi yesterday, during the National Consultative Health Forum being held in Johannesburg.

The figure has continued to be the same, since the past four years and is one of the biggest threats to the development and national health of the Country.

The results announced by Motsoaledi were based on a survey of 33,841pregnant women last year. The survey is being conducted since 1990 by the Department of Health.

The statistics have indicated that HIV in pregnant women of 15-24-years old category was at 21.7%, while for those in the 30-34-years old bracket was at 41.5 percent. The women in the age group of 15-24 years old category accounted for 50% of the survey.

The highest rate of infection was highest in Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Free State, while the least was found in the Northern Caper and Western Cape, with infection rate below 20%. The Province of North West had an infection rate of 30%, while Limpopo and Gauteng had an infection rate between 20%-30%.