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When Bodies RememberExperiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa$
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Didier Fassin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520244672

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520244672.001.0001

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As If Nothing Ever Happened

As If Nothing Ever Happened

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When Bodies Remember

Didier Fassin

University of California Press

This chapter provides an overview on the data revealed by different agencies on the number of AIDS patients in South Africa over recent years. The international agency UNAIDS reported that in the year 2000 there were an estimated 36 million HIV-infected persons throughout the world and 25 million of them were on the African continent, the vast majority in sub-Saharan Africa. The Republic of South Africa had 4.5 million cases, for a total of 43 million persons. A Department of Health survey conducted the same year found a nationwide rate of seroprevalence among pregnant women of 24.5 percent. The figure was as high as 36.2 percent for the province of KwaZulu Natal, whose capital is Durban, and 29.4 percent for the province of Gauteng, which encompasses Johannesburg. WHO had reported that of the 5.6 million people infected with HIV in 1999, 3.8 million lived in sub-Saharan Africa, the hardest hit region. There were an estimated 2.2 million HIV/AIDS deaths in the region during 1999, being 85% of the global total.

Keywords:   UNAIDS, mortality rates, AIDS, specific pathology, infectious disease

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