Saturday, March 14, 2009

Swaziland HIV rates jump

According to a government report released February 20th, about 42 percent of pregnant women in Swaziland are infected with the virus that causes AIDS. This is a 3 percent jump in a single year, giving the African nation the highest AIDS rate in the world and an average life expectancy of just 37 years. The report blames the increase partly on more women taking life-prolonging antiretroviral medication. However, the nation is also making big strides in the fight against AIDS. In 2003, only 5 percent of women infected with HIV got drugs to protect their unborn babies. This increased to 67 percent in 2007.
Source: Newsday