n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - The use of dried blood spots and a modified particle agglutination test for cost-effective seroepidemiological HIV surveys : from the lab

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



The AIDS epidemic in South Africa has now reached the alarming level at which almost 1 in every 10 South Africans is infected. This figure is extrapolated from the 10th National Antenatal HIV Survey, which was conducted during October 1999, and translates into an absolute figure of around 4.2 million people infected with HIV in South Africa, one of the highest in the world. It is therefore important that educational and awareness programmes reduce the rate of new infections.

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