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- HIV prevalence among pregnant South Africans has decreased to 27.5% in 2022, the lowest since 2002.
- Significant progress in the fight against HIV, with a 2.5 percentage point drop since 2019.
- The decline indicates advancement in treatments and prevention.
South Africa, home to the world's largest HIV epidemic, is witnessing a decline in HIV prevalence among pregnant individuals, writes Bloomberg.
This drop marks a pivotal point in the country's long-standing battle against the virus. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported a decrease in prevalence to 27.5% in 2022, the lowest rate in two decades.
This decline is particularly noteworthy as pregnant women play a crucial role in preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission. Reduced prevalence in this demographic suggests fewer babies are being born with the virus, which is essential for controlling the spread of AIDS. However, the reasons behind this positive trend are not explicitly detailed in the NICD report.