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Rehab on the cards for rural addicts

December 2, 2008       News  

LIMPOPO – The recent rise in drug abuse amongst youth in Vhembe district, and a lack of facilities to assist those who are addicted and wants to quit is the main cause behind high rates of rapes, robberies and school drop-outs.

Rath may be in contempt of court

December 2, 2008
News  

Dr Matthias Rath is probably in contempt of court by continuing to sell his vitamins, including VitaCell as a medicine, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has said in a letter to Health Minister Barbara Hogan.

‘New morning’ for AIDS response

December 1, 2008
HIV and AIDS  

Outgoing UNAIDS director Dr Peter Piot praises new spirit of unity in South Africa’s AIDS response, as health minister says ARV waiting lists must be shortened.

Taking on the Quacks

Welcome to CAPETOWN ‘€“ the seat of a government that for many years confused it’€™s people about the best ways for treating HIV. Vitamins, olive oil, lemon and beetroot, and a number of traditional therapies were promoted over scientifically proven life-prolonging anti-retroviral treatment.

Of treatments and cures

There is still no known cure for AIDS. Antiretroviral medication remains the only way to treat and manage the condition if one’€™s CD 4 cell count, which measures how strong a person’€™s immune system is, drops to below 200. But many continue to deceive those living with HIV, claiming that they can cure them of […]

Challenges encountered Living with AIDS # 373

A condom shortage and a province running out of money for health services are two of challenges the new Health Minister has been dealing with lately to avoid a huge embarrassment before World AIDS Day on Monday.

Cautious response to radical WHO model for HIV elimination

November 27, 2008
HIV and AIDS   HIV Prevention   HIV Treatment  

HIV could theoretically be eliminated if all people were tested each year and given antiretrovirals straight away if they tested positive, regardless of whether they were sick, World Health Organisation researchers have proposed.

“With this HIV test, I thee wed”

November 27, 2008
HIV and AIDS  

NIGERIA -(PlusNews) – Getting married in Nigeria often requires more than just the bride and groom turning up at the altar, and having witnesses and wedding rings present: many Christian churches also require an HIV test certificate.