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Fifteen percent of South African pupils between the ages of 12 and 17 would knowingly spread HIV, the SABC reported.
The broadcaster said yesterday this was revealed in a study of more than 15000 pupils by an international group of epidemiologists based in Canada.
The organisation's Nobantu Marokane said most of the pupils who said they would spread the virus had been abused.
This was not necessarily sexual abuse, she said.
"It might not have been sexual abuse but the thinking that 'because it happened to me, I might be HIV positive', they were opening themselves up to riskier behaviour by saying they would spread it intentionally," she said.
The study also revealed that 15 percent of pupils had been forced to have sex.
"We used forced sex without consent, so they understood the term that this was forced, it was not coercion, it was forced sex without consent and that is the number of our pupils that said 'yes, this has happened to me'.
"And for me what is striking is that this is happening to more boys than girls," Marokane said. - Sapa