News24 (SA), Mar. 19
Lozitha — Swaziland now has the world’s highest HIV/Aids prevalence rate, with the disease affecting about 40% of its people, an envoy of United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan was quoted as saying by the state-run Radio Swaziland on Friday.
Stephen Lewis, Annan’s special envoy for HIV and Aids in Africa, told Swazi King Mswati III late on Thursday that “in recent months the kingdom of Swaziland has recorded the highest HIV infection in the whole world with almost 40% (of the total population of 1.1 million) testing positive.”
According to the last official figures in Swaziland, HIV/Aids affects about 38.6% of the adult population.
Lewis said the prevalence rate in countries like Botswana — which at one time had the highest rate of infection — had declined from 38.8% to 37.5%.