Health Department Backtracks On HIV Figures

The Department of Health has revised its 2007 HIV figures for pregnant women

The Department of Health has revised its 2007 HIV figures for pregnant women, after stinging criticism from academics prompted a behind-the-scenes reassessment of its methods for estimating the numbers.

While the development is not explicitly spelt out at yesterday's release of the figures for last year, it nevertheless indicates an increased openness on the government's part about HIV/AIDS.

Last month the United Nations acknowledged the change, with its HIV/AIDS agency's regional head, Mark Stirling, saying South Africa is demonstrating "responsible leadership and governance".

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Source: 
Business Day

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