Horror… 28% of South African Schoolgirls Are HIV Positive

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HIV activists march wearing t-shirts, singing and dancing to urge key international donors to help fight the AIDS, HIV, TB and malaria issues. (Demotix)

A new survey found that 28% of South African girls are infected with the HIV virus.
France 24 reported:

Around 28 percent of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive compared to only 4 percent of boys, statistics from Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi revealed on Thursday, as he condemned the trend of young girls’ involvement with “sugar daddies.”

As many as 28 percent of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive, according to figures from the country’s health minister reported by local media on Thursday.

Unveiling statistics that minister Aaron Motsoaledi admitted “destroyed my soul,” he added that four percent of schoolboys have the virus.

“It is clear that it is not young boys who are sleeping with these girls. It is old men,” the Sowetan newspaper quoted Motsoaledi as saying.

“We can no longer live like that,” he said.

Motsoaledi called for an end to the trend of young girls becoming involved with “sugar daddies.”

Motsoaledi also revealed that 94,000 South African schoolgirls fell pregnant in 2011, some aged as young as 10

…Official figures show that South Africa has six million people living with HIV, in a population of 50 million.

Hat Tip Gini

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