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Female HIV Rates Are Higher, According To a Recent HSRC Study.



Female HIV Rates Are Higher, According To a Recent HSRC Study.

(CTN News) – According to the most recent research conducted by the HIV Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), it has been determined that women in South Africa have a higher rate of HIV prevalence compared to men.

The HSRC, in conjunction with its partners, has recently published significant findings from the sixth South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey.

These findings shed light on the advancements being made in the efforts to combat South Africa.

The survey revealed that a staggering 7.8 million individuals in South Africa were living with HIV in the year 2022.

The highest prevalence is found among women aged 35 to 39, as stated by Khangelani Zuma, the Executive Director of HSRC.

Between the ages of 0-14, both females and males have a similar prevalence rate of 2.2 to 2.6, indicating no significant difference.

However, as we move into the age groups of 15-19, 20-24, and 25-29, we observe that young girls have a higher prevalence rate compared to boys.

This can be attributed to young girls engaging in sexual contact with older individuals. Consequently, females face a higher risk of contracting compared to males.

Nevertheless, as we progress towards older age groups, specifically 45 years and above, males begin to catch up in terms of HIV prevalence.


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