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Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang yesterday declined to be drawn about recent HIV-Aids statistics suggesting that her department had underreported infection figures by more that two million.
Briefing the media in Cape Town, Tshaba- lala-Msimang said statistics released by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), showing that more than 7,6 million people were infected, should be left to researchers to study.
"There is a need for engagement among researchers so that they can guide us on this matter," she said.
The department's 2007 HIV statistics put the number of South Africans infected with the virus at 5,4 million, 2,2 million fewer than the DBSA statistics.
The minister said this did not mean the government had to revisit its HIV-Aids programmes. - Sapa