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HIV - Antiretrovirals (ARVs)
New pills bring new hope 29.04.2013
LUSIKISIKI. - All twelve clinics in the Qaukeni sub-district in the Eastern Cape are dispensing the new fixed dose combination pill (FDC) to HIV patients. This new pill is a triple antiretroviral that is believed to improve adherence as it only needs to be taken once a day. The fact that ARV treatment now consist of just one tablet will make it easier to dispense and prescribe, and make ordering and monitoring stock supply easier for clinics and depots.
India court ruling significant for SA 02.04.2013
A landmark decision by the Indian Supreme Court to uphold India's Patents Act in the face of the seven-year challenge by pharmaceutical company Novartis has been hailed across the world as a major victory for access to affordable medicines in developing countries.
Babies can be born free of mom’s HIV 09.01.2013
OR Tambo. – Many challenges prevent pregnant women from accessing Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) services despite a strong HIV management programme in the area.
From zero to hero 02.12.2012
The country has made substantial progress in the fight against HIV, but there are still many holes in the system - particularly around TB treatment.
Still many pitfalls, but impressive progress 01.12.2012
Sandile died a few weeks ago. Although he was on antiretroviral medication for HIV, he had started treatment late and his body could not rally the energy to fight the tuberculosis that preyed on his weak immune system.
Clubbing together for treatment 30.11.2012
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence clubs, already operating in several high burden areas in Cape Town, have the potential to revolutionise the treatment of millions of HIV-positive South Africans and lighten the load on overburdened health workers.
Finally, SA announces single pill for HIV 29.11.2012
Government took a major step towards improving HIV treatment compliance and cost with the announcement that the new antiretroviral (ARV) tender will include a triple fixed dose combination (FDC) tablet, which combines three pills into one.
Access to treatment worries HIV patient 26.11.2012
Lusikisiki - Twenty-two year old Olwethu Mhlanti from Mevana Administration Area in Lusikisiki was recently diagnosed with HIV. He is unsure about his future and has little faith in the Department of Health to ensure that he gets the medicine he needs.
Phase out D4T in poor countries 07.11.2012
In 2010 the World Health Organisation (WHO) changed the HIV treatment guidelines for poor countries and recommended switching from stavudine (D4T) to tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) for all patients on first line treatment.
OPINION by Vuyiseka Dubula (Quackdown)
Surviving on an empty stomach 30.10.2012
OurHealth - Nombulelo Manala Lubhelu (45) of Lusikisiki-kwaGqwarhu location has taken the tough decision of declining lifesaving antiretrovirals (ARVs) because she is simply too poor to buy food and does not want to take her medication on an empty stomach.
ARVs may affect the heart 12.09.2012
New research suggests that certain antiretroviral treatment (ART) may increase a person’s risk for heart disease, yet scientists believe that its benefits still far outweigh the harm caused by any of its side effects.
First-ever study of HIV treatment policies in 23 countries 25.07.2012
Washington – A first-of-its-kind study released today by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) maps progress across 23 countries on HIV treatment strategies, tools and policies needed to increase treatment scale-up. The results show that governments have made improvements to get better antiretroviral treatment (ART) to more people, but implementation of innovative community-based strategies is lagging in some countries.
UNAIDS and PEPFAR spotlight global progress in eliminating new HIV infections among children 25.07.2012
WASHINGTON — Speaking at a satellite session today at the XIX International AIDS Conference, Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), commended countries and their international partners for recent progress in preventing new HIV infections among children and saving mothers’ lives.
HIV/AIDS: Better paediatric HIV formulations 24.07.2012
WASHINGTON DC, 23 July 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - Fewer babies are being born HIV-positive, but treatment for the more than three million children living with HIV remains under-researched and underfunded. As part of efforts to boost access to paediatric HIV treatment, researchers are getting creative, moving to better pills, kid-friendly treatment "sprinkles", micro-tabs and even medicine-dispensing pacifiers.