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Pills, prevention and politicking: the unfinished business of HIV

July 21, 2017       HIV Treatment  

The world’s most important HIV scientific conference is currently underway in Paris – yet mere days ago, one of the country’s iconic AIDS activists died after battling with tuberculosis and pneumonia, a reminder that we’re nowhere near out of the woods when it comes to the virus. 

Liquor board fights alcohol abuse in rural Eastern Cape

July 21, 2017
Alcohol & Drugs   OurHealth   Rural Health  

In its efforts to reduce alcohol abuse among young people, the Eastern Cape Liquor Board has been hosting sports tournaments in different parts of the province.

World on track to meet HIV goals – UNAIDS

July 20, 2017

We are closer than ever before to ending AIDS but there is much still to do, according to a new report.

Woman tries to steal newborn smuggled in bag

July 20, 2017

MPUMALANGA – A 19-year-old woman who arrived at Tonga Hospital in Nkomazi, pretending to be in labour was caught in the early hours of Saturday morning trying to leave with a newborn.

Hungry learners rely on a school feeding scheme

July 19, 2017

LIMPOPO – For 15 year-old orphan Sidwell Mathebula, a Grade 8 learner at Makovongo High School in KaMakoxa Village in the Giyani Mopani District, school is the only place where he is guaranteed any food.

Why sharing HIV treatment is dangerous

July 18, 2017

MPUMALANGA – When Philip Madonsela’s HIV positive partner Duduzile Gumede defaulted on her antiretroviral treatment he was surprised to discover that she stopped collecting her medication from the clinic because she was taking their daughter’s treatment.

A lifetime of swallowing pills

Balancing HIV treatment with a myriad of ‘lifestyle’ diseases such as diabetes and hypertension is tricky. Patients have to take lots of pills, some medicines interact badly and there are side effects. But this is the future in our clinics as HIV positive patients age and poor diet and lack of exercise take their toll.

ARVs to be available through special ATMs

July 14, 2017

Access to treatment will be now be made easier for people living with HIV/AIDS as they will now be able to collect their medicine at shopping malls thanks to the introduction of specials ATM machines.