Thursday, March 14, 2013
At least 28% of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive compared with 4% of boys because "sugar daddies" are exploiting them, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has said
He said that 94,000 schoolgirls also fell pregnant in 2011, and 77,000 had abortions at state facilities. About 10% of South Africans are living with HIV, official statistics show. Motsoaledi said that some pregnant girls - aged between 10 and 14 years of age - also tested positive for HIV. More than five million people in South Africa are HIV-positive - about 10% of the total population. In 2012, more than 260,000 people with AIDS in South Africa died - almost half the figure of all those who died in the country.