The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that there would be more than 4.4 million more people in South Africa if it were not for the AIDS pandemic.
SAIRR points out that, "The data shows that 31 percent of all deaths in 2011 were AIDS-related. By 2015, this proportion will have risen to 33 percent. In 2025, there will be 121 percent more AIDS deaths than there were in 2000."
Researcher, Thuthukani Ndebele, states that not only does HIV/AIDS reduce life expectancy and increase mortality, but it is largely responsible for wider social ills such as orphanhood and child-headed households.
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