More than half of South Africans do not seek TB treatment - HSRC survey

CATEGORY: Human and Social Capabilities
DATE: 12 February 2021
AUTHOR: Medical Brief

About 66% of people in South Africa with tuberculosis do not seek treatment in a country burdened with the illness. A Mail & Guardian report says this is according to the Human Science Research Council’s (HSRC’s) 2018 survey, which looked at the prevalence rate of the disease in adults aged 15 years and above.

The HSRC’s Dr Sizulu Moyo said the survey – which was to have been released last year but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic – found that 68% of those who were HIV negative had TB. It was also found in 82% of those were in the 15 to 24 age group and “by sex, we can see that it was more in males (71.3%) than in females (63.4%)”.

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