HIV second highest killer of South African youth - stats office

December 2, 2014 12:45 PM

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - HIV was the third leading cause of natural deaths in South Africa in 2013, up three places from the previous year, and the second highest killer of young people, a survey by the national statistics agency showed on Tuesday.

The survey, based on 458,933 deaths that occurred in 2013, showed that HIV was responsible for 11 percent of deaths in the 15 to 44 age group, Statistics South Africa said.

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