05/14/2013 15:09 GMT
CAPE TOWN, May 14, 2013 (AFP) - One in ten South Africans is HIV positive but AIDS-related deaths are falling as ramped-up treatment begins to have an impact, the country's official statistics agency said Tuesday.
After years of dragging its heels on the HIV/AIDS crisis, since 2004 South Africa has developed the world's largest HIV treatment programme.
New data indicate that drive is working. The disease will be responsible for 32 percent of all deaths this year.
While still high, that is a dramatic fall from 48 percent in 2005.