Tackling HIV/AIDS in Africa 40 years later

For the first time since 2003, the number of new HIV infections among children has not fallen year-on-year, and in sub-Saharan Africa, new cases have risen slightly. This detail is contained in data accompanying a new report released by UNAIDS. It shows that globally, 160 000 children aged zero to[…]

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HIV-positive people in SA skipping treatment over Covid-19 fears

A high percentage of HIV-positive South Africans are missing their clinic appointments to collect their medication and testing for HIV has also dropped drastically due to fears of contracting Covid-19, non-profit and non-governmental health organisation Right to Care said on Tuesday. South Africa has the largest HIV epidemic worldwide and[…]

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Scientists outline strategy for Aids cure

Calling the HIV/Aids epidemic “the most important global health challenge in modern history,” more than 50 top scientists pressed their case on Monday for a drive to stop the killer disease in its tracks. The blueprint is published in the journal Nature Medicine ahead of a meeting of specialists on[…]

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Large HIV vaccine study planned in SA this year

Scientists are planning a major study of an experimental HIV vaccine in South Africa later this year. The shots are based on the only attempted HIV vaccine ever to show even marginal effectiveness, in Thailand in 2009. The US National Institutes of Health said Wednesday its study in South Africa[…]

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HIV – Donor gives up on rural needy

More than 100 local organisations involved mostly with HIV-prevention, children, gender-based violence and sex workers face a crisis because a major international donor is redirecting its funding from rural areas to major cities. Global Fund, based in Switzerland, which works with organisations to fight HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, donates R1.7[…]

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Gene-editing technique could cure HIV

For the first time since the start of the AIDS epidemic, it appears scientists are on the verge of a cure. Antiretroviral drugs do such a good job of suppressing the AIDS virus and keeping it from reproducing, that levels of HIV are virtually undetectable in infected individuals. But the[…]

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Mbeki: I stand by my Aids statements

In a salvo reminiscent of 2002, Thabo Mbeki yesterday warned people to take antiretroviral drugs with caution and to eat healthily as a way to treat HIV. Between 1998 and 2004, former president Mbeki’s Aids policies, which denied people access to antiretroviral treatment, were shown by Harvard researchers to have[…]

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