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Report: Media mis-reporting HIV rate among SA schoolgirls. True rate is 12.7 percent

Reporting by Africa Check

Claim that 28% of schoolgirls are HIV positive is incorrect

The claim that 28 percent of South African schoolgirls are living with HIV started with a remark by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, misreported by The Sowetan. Unquestioned, it has been repeated by media across the country and the world. The true rate is half that.


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