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#SAAIDS2019: 'Allow generics of lifesaving drugs'

June 14th, 2019       News  

Activists want a multinational pharmaceutical company to lower the overinflated price of ground-breaking TB drug.

A guide to surviving the court case

April 17, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

It has been almost two and a half years since Parliament passed the Medicines and Related Substances Control Amendment Act on October 31, 1997. During this time the legislation has been tied up in litigation instituted by the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association who argue that their patent rights will be ignored by section 15c of the […]

Sex in the time of HIV/AIDS

April 17, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

Despite romantic dreams of love and fidelity, cash, cellphones and sex are the raw commodities used in the exchange of sexual favours among young South Africans. This and more emerged during the “AIDS in Context” conference held at Wits University recently. Kerry Cullinan reports.

Free fluconazole available in certain state hospitals

April 12, 2001
HIV Treatment  

The free diflucan promised by government on December 1 last year is now available in state hospitals in certain provinces. The medication, which treats two common opportunistic infections that affect people with HIV/AIDS, is currently available in Gauteng and the Western Cape and at least four other provinces will follow soon.

‘Corrupt and racist’ health profession fails South Africans

April 12, 2001
Health Management  

A senior cardiologist at the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere recently slammed the South African medical profession as being racist, corrupt and self-serving. He acknowledged that South Africa had all the attributes for success, but just had to “get things right”.

Adapt or die – AIDS compels review of cultural practices
Living with AIDS programme 27

April 12, 2001
HIV and AIDS  

The impact of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe has forced communities to take a sober look at certain cultural practices that were previously accepted without question. Zimbabwe, which shares an AIDS profile similar to South Africa’s with around one in four adults HIV positive, has had to revise its life expectancy downwards from 65 to 43 years […]

Children go hungry as grants fail to materialise

April 11, 2001
Children's Health  

The social security system is failing hundreds of children in one of the poorest regions of South Africa. Children hospitalised for severe malnutrition in the Mt Frere distrtict are being discharged simply to face starvation again as their child support grants fail to materialise, despite several applications being lodged.

The future of medicine – ethics, research, counselling

Medical innovations such as the DNA revolution, the microchip and the Human Genome Project, along with diseases such as HIV/AIDS, have shifted the way in which medicine will be practised said Professor William Makgoba in a wide-ranging speech to the South African Medical Association