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Six million S Africans living with HIV

The Ministry of Health says govt is making progress to combat new infections.

Figures released by the HSRC show that 6.4 million South Africans are currently living with HIV. Picture: Stock. Xchng.

JOHANNESBURG - The Ministry of Health has responded to the latest statistics on HIV in the country, saying government is making progress to combat new infections.

Figures released by the Human Sciences Research Council yesterday show that 6.4 million South Africans are currently living with HIV and half a million new infections were recorded in 2012 alone.

Infections rose to 12 percent of the population, which is up from 10 percent in 2008.

The ministry's Joe Maila says people are living longer because of antiretroviral medication.

"Because people believe we're doing so well and that people are living longer, we're losing the oomph we used to have in dealing with HIV."