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[…]
The Department of Health will investigate allegations that women living with HIV were coerced to undergo involuntary sterilisation. Last month, the Commission for Gender Equality released a report on the practice after an investigation that was prompted by a complaint it received in 2015. The commission had sampled 15 hospitals[…]
TB HIV Care, a non-profit organisation which works to prevent, treat and find tuberculosis (TB) and HIV in South Africa, is celebrating 90 years since the founding of the organisation this year. TB HIV Care was established in 1929 and has since then made invaluable contributions to the lives of[…]
Before 20-year-old Lebogang Motsumi even had sex with her first “blesser” – or sugar daddy – a successful, married, company boss more than twice her age, he handed her a wad of cash. He was soon making regular deposits into her bank account, paying her rent and taking her out[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
The incidence of new HIV infections among young females in South Africa is more than four times higher than that of males. South Africa has the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the world with over 400 000 new HIV infections a year. With February earmarked as Reproductive Health Awareness Month, these[…]
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