National HIV Survey

Launch of the South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey, 2017

Pretoria, Tuesday 17 July 2018 – The number of new HIV infections (incidence) significantly declined in 2017 when compared to findings of a similar survey conducted in 2012. This decreasing trend is consistent with the previous estimates of HIV incidence. This is one of the main findings of the South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey, 2017, officially launched today by the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi at the National Department of Health in Pretoria. Read more.

South African National HIV, Behaviour and Health Survey 2012

Survey report released (1 April 2014)

The results of the 2012 South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey have been released.

The 2012 survey, is the fourth in the series of national HIV household surveys conducted by a consortium of scientists led by the HSRC, including the Medical Research Council, South Africa's statutory research agencies. The first in 2002 was followed by surveys in 2005 and 2008. These surveys collected data on not only the HIV status of individuals, but also information on socio-demographic and behavioural factors that greatly enhanced the analysis and interpretation of the observed trends in HIV prevalence (the proportion of people living with HIV in the country) and HIV incidence (new HIV infections in a given year). The inclusion of novel laboratory methodologies in the 2012 survey protocol enabled direct estimates of HIV incidence and exposure to antiretroviral treatment (ART). The data from the 2012 survey will serve as critical benchmark figures for the evaluation of the current National Strategic Plan (NSP) 2012-2016.

HSRC CEO Prof. Olive Shisana, Minister of Science and Technology Mr Derek Hanekom, Nelson Mandela Foundation Chief Executive Sello Hatang and Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi at the launch at HSRC.

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