The HIV/AIDS Situation In South Africa:

Population:                  46.4 million

HIV Infected:                 5.3 million

AIDS Deaths:                 370,000

AIDS Orphans:              1.1 million

South Africa is one of the countries in the world worst affected by HIV/Aids. By the end of 2003, an estimated 5.3 million South Africans were infected with HIV, the largest number of individuals living with the virus in a single country.

That means that more than 12 % of the total population is HIV positive.

A HIV Management Service reports that projections indicate that within 3 years almost 250,000 South Africans will die of AIDS each year. It is estimated that the number of people dying from AIDS will increase to 400,000 in 2004.

This figure will rise to more than 500,000 by 2008. Average life expectancy is expected to fall from about 60 years to around 40 years between 1998 and 2008. Currently approx. 710.000 orphans in South Africa, who have lost their mother or father or both parents are younger than 17 years.

Within South Africa it is stated that the region of Kwazulu Natal is the worst affected area at all.