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Lesson from Mabele’s death: Keep taking your ARVs

July 25, 2017
HIV Treatment  

Iconic AIDS activist Prudence Mabele, who died two weeks ago, had either stopped taking her antiretroviral treatment or she had become immune to it.

Pills, prevention and politicking: the unfinished business of HIV

July 24, 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. 

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.

SA’s new HIV snag: Patients on ART think they’re cured

June 14, 2017
HIV Treatment   News  

On the eve of South Africa’s national AIDS conference taking place in Durban this week, Health-e News has found that people are defaulting on their ARVs and posing a risk to others.

HIV positive teens struggling to adhere to ARV treatment

HIV positive teenagers in the Northern Cape have started defaulting on their treatment because of the difficulties they encounter as they regularly have to miss school in order to fetch their medication.

ADVANCE HIV study set to save SA billions

A new HIV drug combination could save SA billions of rands – plus it would be easier and safer for patients to take.

Beating denial: Learning to live with HIV

Today marks the second anniversary of this young woman’s positive HIV test – a two-year journey of highs and lows.