South African Women At Higher Risk Of Getting HIV/ Aids- Survey

bloodLatest survey shows that South African women are at higher risk of contracting HIV/ AIDS

The US Centres for Disease Control estimates that‚ on average‚ a woman would have to have sex 1000 times with an HIV-positive male to get the virus. But this estimate does not hold in South Africa‚ particularly in rural KwaZulu-Natal‚ where more than half of pregnant women will be HIV-positive by the time they are 25 or older.

Deputy director of the Wits Centre for Reproductive Health and HIV Francois Venter said: “I’m deeply sceptical that sexual behaviour alone drives the epidemic in our area.

“What kind of sex are we Southern Africans having that confers a several thousand fold risk on a young woman in KwaZulu-Natal versus her contemporary in London or Delhi?“

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