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Living With Death

Didier Fassin

in When Bodies Remember

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520244672
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940451 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520244672.003.0006
Living With Death

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The number of AIDS patients has been increasing in South Africa over the years. The Center for Actuarial Research of the University of Cape Town published a series of projections that were to become the main reference for the entire scientific community in the years following the first efforts to combat this rise. The Demographic and Health Survey of Kenya undertaken by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control had established the prevalence rate for the population of that country at 6.7 percent, considerably lower than the 9.4 percent that UNAIDS had officially validated. These results were also challenged because 14 percent of the women and 13 percent of the men had refused to be tested and may have done so precisely because they thought they were infected. Contemporary societies in South Africa are risk societies as they produce both the danger that threatens them and the awareness of a peril. The South African government ordered a study on mortality in the year 2002 from Statistics South Africa, the national demographic institution.

Keywords: AIDS; UNAIDS; national demographic institution; scientific community; contemporary societies

Chapter.  19987 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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