Students use art and drama to teach health awareness 15.05.2013
Pupils from five schools at Ha-Makuya in Vhembe were last week treated to painting, drama and workshops by students from the University of Johannesburg as part of a programme which attempts to affect social change through the arts.
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.
Youth learn about their sexual health rights 25.04.2013
TSHWANE. - A youth camp with the theme: “Together taking responsibility to end HIV infection; ‘No’ to teenage pregnancy, ‘No’ to discrimination, and ‘No’ to gender based Violence” was recently held at the Stoney Ridge camp site in Magaliesburg.
Activists demand better service 19.04.2013
A group of about 200 activists from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) recently picketed at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital to demand better service.
‘Patients default because of nurses’ 11.04.2013
LUSIKISIKI. - Makazi Damane is a 42-year-old Lusikisiki man living at the low-income housing scheme in at Joe Slovo. He was diagnosed with HIV and started antiretroviral treatment in 2006, but from 2010 have been going on and off of treatment.
People on ART have near normal life expectancies 10.04.2013
People living with HIV in South Africa, who access antiretroviral therapy (ART) before their immune systems are severely compromised, have life expectancies close to that of the general population, researchers have found.
SANAC on Fixed Dose Combinations 08.04.2013
MEDIA RELEASE: As of this month (April), some public sector AIDS patients will start to take simplified ARV treatment of just one pill a day to manage their infection. The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) welcomes this change in treatment protocols by the Department of Health.
MSF closes Johannesburg inner-city project 03.04.2013
MEDIA RELEASE: Johannesburg, 4 April 2013 – A good five years after the medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) opened an emergency intervention for Zimbabwean migrants in Johannesburg’s inner-city, the project closed at the end of March 2013.
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.
French study: Viral loads remain undetectable in absence of ARVs 18.03.2013
Aidsmap: A study from France has found 14 adult patients who also started a course of ART soon after infection, who subsequently stopped it, and have not had to re-start because they have largely – and in eight cases completely – maintained undetectable viral loads for at least four years after stopping therapy (a baby has, so far, only managed a year off therapy). Read the full aidsmap article here.