Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Some good news - The BBC reports today that a new analysis has revealed that fewer people in SA are becoming infected with HIV than in previous years:

'...the annual rate of new infections has declined substantially, from 4.1% of the population aged 15-49 in 1997 to 1.7% in 2002. . . But BBC science correspondent Richard Black says the epidemic is certainly far from over. In the immediate future, the proportion of the adult population infected with HIV will stay roughly constant, the researchers say; the average life expectancy will continue to fall for around 10 years. The projections made by this research team are considerably lower than previous estimates, and the scientists acknowledge there are uncertainties in their figures. But they emphasise their analysis does not mean that the scale of the AIDS problem has been exaggerated.'

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