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.
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.
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 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.