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WITHDRAWN: The reporting of HIV/AIDS deaths in South Africa

Gomolemo Teo, Statistics South Africa 

Keywords: Reporting,of,HIV/AIDS,deaths

As an emerging country, South Africa looks at improving and having well-functioning health systems. This study was done to look at the quality of registration of the underlying causes of death in South Africa, the possibility of HIV/AIDS being under-recorded as an underlying cause of death. The analysis involved identifying causes potentially containing misclassified AIDS deaths, by identifying causes of death with significant percentage increases over the period and by identifying the causes displaying the characteristics HIV/AIDS patterns over time. HIV/AIDS mortality rates show a distinct age pattern with increasing mortality of young adults and young children. Other leading causes of death such as Tuberculosis (A15- A19) have the same mortality rates as HIV/AIDS. They show a similar trend seen in the HIV/AIDS i.e. a distinct age pattern with increasing mortality of young adults and young children.