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More S African women get HIV

21st March 2007

Government campaigns aimed at changing risky behaviour among young people don't appear to be working, as new infections among young South African women show a sharp increase.

Poverty is thought to be behind the alarming increase in the figures, according to research published in the March issue of the South African Medical Journal.

Researchers who sampled blood from nearly 16,000 South Africans found that women accounted for 90% of all new HIV infections in the 15–24 age group. In the 20–29 age group, women were six times more likely to be HIV positive than men of the same age.

People living in crowded slums had 'by far' the highest incidence of HIV, followed by those living in isolated and under-resourced rural regions, the study found.

Economic development would be as significant a factor in the fight against the epidemic as government policy and access to drugs, it suggested.

However, condom use in other segments of the population was on the increase, it found.


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