New HIV infections in South Africa have fallen by 44% in the last 5 years

New HIV infections in South Africa have fallen by 44% in the last 5 years

- The country’s investments in HIV treatment and prevention are paying off, leading to huge reductions in new infections

- However, the number of new infections is still very high. In 2017, 231 000 people contracted HIV

- Currently, almost 8 million South Africans live with the HIV infection

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It seems that South Africa's against HIV is going well with statistics showing an improvement in the number of new infections.

It is reported that the number of South Africans living with HIV are at 7.9 million with statistics pointing to 231 000 people getting infected in 2017.

Bhekisa.org reports that The Human Sciences Research Council shared the results of a recent study on Tuesday.

New infections have fallen by 44% in the last five years, according to the study.

The study also shows that approximately 8 million South Africans between 15 and 64 have HIV and three-quarter of the people aware of their status are using antiretroviral treatment (ARVs).

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The age group where new infections are growing at the highest rate is young men aged between 14 and 24.

From the study, it was learned that the number of people that are being treated has doubled since 2014. This means the right medicine is reaching those who need it.

Briefly.co.za gathered that South Africa also has the largest HIV treatment programme in the world - the reason infections are declining.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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