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'10% of S.Africans infected with HIV'

Statistics South Africa estimates 200,000 people will die of HIV/Aids in 2013.

Some HIV positive patients are defaulting on their treatment. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - One in every 10 South Africans are infected with HIV, Statistics South Africa's 2013 mid-year population estimate revealed on Tuesday.

Statistics South Africa estimates 200,000 people will die of HIV/Aids in 2013.

The total number of people living with the virus increased from four million in 2002 to more than five million in 2013.

Around 17 percent of those infected with the virus are women and around eight percent are between the ages of 15-24.

The data further revealed that the average life expectancy in South Africa is 59, but the figure is 67 years in the Western Cape.

The Free State had the lowest life expectancy rate nationally.

In April, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi revealed a fixed-dose combination of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.

HIV positive patients across South Africa will take a single pill a day from the middle of 2013.

However, the South African National Aids Council (Sanac) last week reported that some patients were defaulting on ARV treatment.

A total of 1.9 million adults and children are receiving treatment nationwide.

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