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More than 50 000 teach­ers at public schools are liv­ing with HIV, with most of th­ese teach­ers em­ployed in KwaZulu-Na­tal, Mpumalanga and the East­ern Cape, re­search by the Hu­man Sciences Re­search Coun­cil (HSRC) has re­vealed. The HSRC’s study, ti­tled The Health of Ed­u­ca­tors in Public Schools in South Africa, which was com­mis­sioned by the depart­ment of ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion, found that the cu­mu­la­tive HIV preva­lence among ed­u­ca­tors was 15.3%, trans­lat­ing to ap­prox­i­mately 58 000 ed­u­ca­tors liv­ing with HIV in 2015. In the 2004 sur­vey, the preva­lence was 12.7%. HIV preva­lence was also sig­nif­i­cantly higher among fe­males com­pared to males (16.4% ver­sus 12.7%).

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