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Patients share one toilet at Sibasa

July 15, 2000       OurHealth   Rural Health  

LIMPOPO – The Vhembe District Office of the Department of Health has undertaken to repair damaged toilets at Sibasa Clinic in Makwarela outside Thohoyandou following several complaints made by patients.

Let’€™s talk about sex

July 15, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

It came unexpectedly: the question that most parents try to rehearse the answer to, but inevitably mess up when reality strikes. My six-year-old turned to me out of the blue and said: “But what I don’€™t understand is how the seed from the man gets into the woman’€™s egg.”My initial response was to gloss over […]

Hope for the future: Ugandan youth turn back the HIV tide

July 14, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

“If you have a very big elephant and you want to eat it up, you start from all corners. That way you’€™ll finish it up.” So says Edith Mukisa, the founder of Uganda’€™s Teenage HIV/AIDS Clinic in Naguru, just outside the capital Kampala.This is the philosophy that lies at the core of Uganda’€™s multi-sectoral response […]

Death of an innocent

July 14, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Busisiwe Maqungo (28) had her suspicions that she was at risk of being HIV positive long before receiving confirmation via a test. In fact she was told her baby was HIV positive, before undergoing a test herself.

Appreciating every day

July 14, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

Brett Anderson never thought he had contracted HIV. “I was as sick as a dog but I never thought of HIV despite having all the symptoms. It never crossed my mind. It simply wasn’t real to me. Now, it’s in my blood. It’s part of my life,” says the 28-year-old Capetonian.

Drugs are the bottom-line

July 14, 2000
HIV Treatment  

“Nobody says we shouldn’t treat TB or cancer because we don’t have the infrastructure or the ability to do so properly,” said Dr Andy Grey from the Health System Trust in Durban. This was in response to Dr Mazuwa Banda from the World Health Organization, who argued at the AIDS 2000 conference that antiretroviral drugs […]

Rape, murder charges for those who infect others with AIDS

July 14, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

HIV positive people who knowingly infect others can be charged with rape, assault, culpable homicide or even murder – but law experts are unlikely to recommend that government introduces HIV-specific laws to punish them.

HIV positive women speak out at AIDS conference

July 14, 2000
HIV and AIDS  

“I refuse to be identical to a statistic. I feel, I get sexy, I get hungry. Whatever you feel about your sexuality, I also feel,” declared Brigitte Syamalevure, mother of 11 and an HIV positive Zambian.