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An estimated 5.7 million people were living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa in 2009, more than in any other country.1 It is believed that in 2008, over 250,000 South Africans died of AIDS.2 Prevalence is more than 15 percent among those aged 15-49, with some age groups being particularly affected. Almost one-in-three women aged 25-29, and over a quarter of men aged 30-34, are living with HIV.3 HIV prevalence among those aged two and older also varies by province with the Western Cape (3.8%) and Northern Cape (5.9%) being least affected, and Mpumulanga (15.4%) and KwaZulu-Natal (15.8%) at the upper end of the scale. Marking a welcome change from South Africa's history of HIV the South African Government launched a major HIV counselling and testing campaign (HCT) in 2010.4 By raising awareness of HIV the campaign aims to reduce the HIV incidence rate by 50 percent by June 2011.

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