South African Teens Develop Resistance Against HIV Effects

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Even without the use of anti-retroviral medication, a group of South African

Unable to infect the CD4 T-cells, HIV in non-progressor children is left floating in the body; a situation that doctors say is quite unique to South Africa.

HIV Rates in South Africa

HIV/AIDS remains one of the greatest health concerns in South Africa, with statistics showing that at least 12 percent of the country’s population is infected with the virus.

The rate of adults infected with HIV in South Africa is higher than any other country in the world, according to UNAIDS. At least 18.5 percent of the adult population in South Africa has the virus.

In 2012, at least 410,000 South African children aged 14 years and below were living with HIV, but this prevalence is reported to have dropped significantly over the years due to the ongoing programs designed to prevent mother-to-child transmission.

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