Young women still hardest hit by HIV infections

Young women aged between 15 and 24 still make up the group with the highest number of HIV infections in South Africa, where seven million people have the disease. Friday, December 1 marks World Aids Day and this year it is being observed under the theme “The Right to Health”.[…]

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SA drops price of ARVs‚ saves R11bn in six years

South Africa is introducing a new single-pill antiretroviral‚ which will save the country about R11-billion over the next six years. Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said in a statement on Friday that the large volumes of ARVs bought by South Africa and its commitment to provide treatment to people with[…]

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Clear the path for Africa’s youth: Gates

Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said that obstacles in the path of Africa’s youth needed to be cleared so that they can drive the future of the continent. Gates was delivering the Nelson Mandela memorial lecture at the University of Pretoria on Sunday night. The theme of the[…]

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SA making progress, but AIDS challenges remain

While mother-to-child and adult HIV/AIDS transmission rates have both been on the decrease, the fight against the deadly disease remains as challenging as ever. Tuesday 1 December marked World AIDS Day – a day important for reflecting on South Africa’s HIV/AIDS crisis. With more than 3 million South Africans already[…]

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No shortage of ARVs in South Africa

Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has met with top bosses in the pharmaceutical industry over a shortage of medical supplies. Last month South Africans went into a state of panic after the department published on its website a list of medicines that were out of stock. These shortages have affected[…]

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Stigma still a barrier for HIV/Aids: expert

Stigma and discrimination, real or perceived, is one of the major barriers to South Africa getting more control of the HIV epidemic. So says Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim from the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), a top HIV/Aids researcher. She was commenting on a[…]

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More funding and support needed for TAC: Dr Pillay

As the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) battles severe funding shortages which have in turn led to job cuts, the organization is facing increased calls for its de-registration. Leading these calls has been the Free State branch of the ANCYL, but whilst political organizations have been quick to turn on the[…]

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Health department to host conference on circumcision

The Department of Health, CareWorks, civil society organizations and medical experts will Tuesday gather to discuss the overarching benefits of male medical circumcisions (MMC) in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The department aims to circumcise 4.3 million South African men by 2016 and says the implementation of MMC could[…]

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