Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), taken as a once-daily pill, has been hailed the world over as one of the major HIV prevention interventions in the fight against AIDS. Yet, apart form sex workers, very few South Africans are using PrEP or even know it exists.
As the globe marks World Aids Day on December 1, the call has again gone out for people to join the fight against HIV and Aids, with the event being used as an opportunity to educate people and to remember those who have passed away.
KWA-ZULU NATAL – The Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (HACT), a non-profit organisation based in the Valley of 1000 Hills outer west of Durban, has started a Red Ribbon Fridays campaign to raise awareness of HIV and Aids as well as educate people about the disease.
Activist organisation the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) boycotted the official World AIDS Day event hosted by the National Department of Health in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg.
No one knows how many South Africans are living with hepatitis C but the virus affects everyone from injecting drug users to suburban housewives. For decades, Hep C treatment was priced out of reach. Now, South Africa is importing new, better and cheaper drugs but a cure still comes at a cost.