NPR logo

South Africa: AIDS Mortality Rises 57 Percent

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4507049/4507050" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
South Africa: AIDS Mortality Rises 57 Percent

Global Health

South Africa: AIDS Mortality Rises 57 Percent

South Africa: AIDS Mortality Rises 57 Percent

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4507049/4507050" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

A new report from South Africa shows a 57 percent increase in AIDS deaths over the last five years. But there is continuing debate over the real number of AIDS deaths in South Africa, where social stigma keeps people from listing AIDS on death certificates.

Also complicating efforts to tabulate the mortality toll is the government's lack of records for the cause of death of black people before 1994.

Experts say that while the figures released Friday are not a direct measure of AIDS deaths, young people and women made up most of the rise — and that mirrors the pattern of AIDS in South Africa, where HIV infects one out of every nine people.