HIV/AIDS

7.8 million people were reportedly living with HIV/AIDS in 2022. Image via Instagram @hiv

Condomise! SA on 7.8 million people living with HIV/AIDS statistics

‘If people do not want to be part of the statistics, they need to be part of the solution’: SA on shocking HIV/AIDS stat in South Africa.

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7.8 million people were reportedly living with HIV/AIDS in 2022. Image via Instagram @hiv

South Africans have come in numbers on X (the social media platform formally known as Twitter) discussing the shocking statistics of HIV/AIDS in the country – this comes after learning that 7.8 million out of the 59 million people in the country were living with HIV/AIDS as recorded in 2022 by the Department of Science and Innovation.

‘THAT’S HUGE’: SOUTH AFRICANS ON HIV/AIDS STATISTICS

According to the department, although the number may seem high, it is a huge decrease from the previous numbers recorded in 2017. In fact, it’s said that the number has decreased from a whopping 14 per cent in 2017 to 12.7 per cent in 2022.

Professor Khangelani Zuma, the Divisional Executive of the Public Health is said to have highlighted some of the factors contributing to the decreasing statistics.

“These factors include fewer people getting infected with HIV, more children born HIV-negative, AIDS-related mortality, and people aging and dying from natural causes. The increase in the population (birth of HIV-negative babies) would also increase the denominator of HIV-negative people in the country. The epidemic curve also shows an aging population of people living with HIV who are living longer as the epidemic stabilises,” Professor Zuma was quoted as saying.

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2022 HIV/AIDS statistic revealed. Image via Instagram @hiv

MORE ABOUT THE HIV/AIDS STATISTICS IN SOUTH AFRICA

The survey is also said to have highlight the gaps that remain in addressing the local HIV epidemic. For example, among people aged 15 years and older, the impact of the HIV epidemic in Mzansi is reportedly unequal across geographic regions and populations.

“Condom use is very low, especially among the young. That is a concern, because [it creates] a pool of people that have a propensity to continue transmitting the virus,” BusinessLIVE Professor quoted Zuma as saying.

The Department of Science and Innovation further shared that with their findings, HIV prevalence varied geographically, ranging from 8 per cent in the Western Cape Province to 22 per cent in KwaZulu-Natal Province. Its prevalence was also recorded as nearly twice as high among women, recorded at a shocking 20 per cent compared to men who only made up 12 per cent.

Looking at the race prevalence, HIV is said to be the highest among blacks who made up 20 percent of the study, followed by coloureds who reached 5 percent, lastly, followed by the whites, Indians, and Asians who only made up only one per cent each.

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TAKE A LOOK AT SOME REACTIONS FROM SOUTH AFRICANS BELOW…

“That’s huge. Everyone should be careful out there,” @ChizitereIkech2 said.

“Remember lot of people are not getting tested, the number might be higher than that 🤞,” @thabo_dipale commented.

“The fact that government clinics would rather advertise circumcised than roll out an aggressive campaign about keeping it in your pants should say everything we need to know about our morals and priorities,” @safferpsyche wrote.

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