South Africa has recorded a fall in the number of people living with HIV, according to a new survey released on Monday.
The study, conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council, found that 12.7% of the country’s population are infected with the virus that leads to Aids.
The number was down from 14% when the survey was last conducted five years ago.
The team behind the research said there was no clear reason behind the fall, but added that the growing use of anti-retroviral therapy medicines had radically changed the prospects for those living with the virus.
South Africa has been one of the worst-hit countries in the Aids epidemic of the past four decades that has killed tens of millions of people.