The number of South Africans infected with HIV has risen from 5.4 million in 2008 to 6.4 million, according to the latest report from the Human Sciences Research Council. The 2012 National HIV Household Survey was released at the SA Aids Conference in Durban on Thursday.
Times Live reported that, of the 6.4 million South Africans infected with HIV, approximately four million are women and just over two million are men.
Although more people are infected with HIV, few people are dying from the disease because of the increased use of antiretrovirals (ARVs).Times Live quoted Dr Yogan Pillay, a deputy director at the Department of Health, as saying that the increased number of infections “shows people are living longer with HIV, thanks to antiretrovirals”.
Pillay pointed out that research from the Medical Research Council had found that the lifespans of those infected with HIV had increased because of the use of ARVs. The research shows that 33 percent of HIV-positive women and 27 percent of HIV-positive men are on ARVs, Times Livereported.
While the number of people taking ARVs may have increased, so too has risky sexual behaviour. Condom use has decreased and the number of people with two or more sexual partners has increased, according to Times Live.
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