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DBSA's HIV statistics are implausible and should be ignored until peer-reviewed

Statistics are suspicious and appear to be plagiarised from an out-of-date source

On Sunday 4 May, the Sunday Independent reported  HIV statistics released by the Development Bank of South Africa. In particular, the report stated:

Key HIV Statistics

Numerous statistics about the South African HIV epidemic of varying quality have been collected. Here are some of the most reliable, high quality ones.

What do South Africa's AIDS statistics mean? A TAC briefing paper

An article explaining what statistics we know about South Africa's AIDS epidemic and how we know them.

TAC Electronic Newsletter


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Comparing mortality in Brazil and South Africa


Female mortality in Brazil and RSA

Constructed using mortality data from Statistics South Africa and Instituto Basileiro de
Geografia e Estatística.

Why TAC is protesting

 A health system in crisis and without leadership: A TAC briefing sheet

23 August 2006

TAC Electronic Newsletter


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What do South Africa's AIDS statistics mean? A TAC briefing paper By Nathan Geffen

On 21 July 2006, the Department of Health released the annual HIV and syphillis antenatal survey2. What does this survey show? Is it of any use? Is it true that the number of people with HIV is finally stablising? What do we really know about the the prevalence of HIV and the number of AIDS deaths?

TAC has been asked these and many similar questions. They are good questions and so this analysis will try to provide useful answers. But to do so, we really need to explain HIV/AIDS statistics in South Africa generally.

TAC Electronic Newsletter

 TAC/TAG Africa TB/HIV Workshop

Go to Conference Presentations and Coverage

TAC Electronic Newsletter


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