HIV in South Africa 'levels off'
South Africa's HIV epidemic has levelled off at an infection rate of 10.9% for those aged two or older, according to a new study.
The study says there are signs that the rate of infections in children and teenagers is falling.
The Human Sciences Research Council survey said increasing use of condoms had helped produce the drop in new infections among the young.
South Africa has the world's largest HIV-positive population - 5.5 million.
Women aged between 20 and 34 are the worst affected, with 33% carrying HIV.
Olive Shisana, an author of the study released on Tuesday, said there were "promising findings of a changing pattern of HIV infection among children and youth".
"The good news is that the change in HIV prevalence in children is most likely attributable to the successful implementation of several HIV-prevention interventions," she said.
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