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National World AIDS Day 2016

World AIDS Day is commemorated each year on 1 December. The National Department of Health appeals to all South Africans to remember the importance of this day and support those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Under the theme “It Is In Our Hands To End HIV and TB”, communities are encouraged to care …

SA implement Test & Treat for HIV positive patients

The National Department of Health will from September 1, 2016 offer test and treat for all HIV positive patients in line with the World Health Organization’s guidelines. In December 2015 the World Health Organisation announced new guidelines for the treatment of people living with HIV based on new research that found that initiating patients diagnosed …

Access / Equity / Rights / Now!

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‘We are going to shake the government, our government, we are going to shake the United Nations Aids Programme… we are going to make them all recognise that they must stop being complacent and just using clever words and clever terms and get this epidemic under control.’ Mark Heywood, Treatment Action Campaign and Section 27 …

WHO flags key challenges to global HIV response at International AIDS Conference

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The World Health Organization is flagging 4 key challenges as the international community meets at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, from 18–22 July 2016. The Organization is highlighting the need to renew attention to HIV prevention, whilst maintaining momentum on scaling up access to HIV treatment. It is also signalling the growing …

HIV Stigma: Establishing a Legal Precedent?

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HIV testing is 99.9% accurate and although rare, as with any disease, a misdiagnosis can occur. But, what happens when such a misdiagnosis has occurred, can individuals make any legal claims against state or private institutions that facilitate such tests? Georgina Donson was born in the small town of Oudtshoorn and in 1996, at the …

Towards an AIDS Free generation

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One out of five people in the world who have HIV live in this country. Each day there are 1000 new infections in South Africa. If we are to beat the global epidemic, this battle is going to be critical, we have to win the war against HIV right here – Professor Salim Abdool Karim, …

WHO news release: Treat all people living with HIV, offer antiretrovirals as additional prevention choice for people at “substantial” risk

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30 September 2015: Geneva -Anyone infected with HIV should begin antiretroviral treatment as soon after diagnosis as possible, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Wednesday. With its “treat-all” recommendation, WHO removes all limitations on eligibility for antiretroviral therapy (ART) among people living with HIV; all populations and age groups are now eligible for treatment. The …

World AIDS day 2014

World AIDS Day 2014: WHO issues new recommendations on the use of antiretrovirals for treatment and prevention of HIV infection On World AIDS Day 2014, the World Health Organization has issued new recommendations to help countries close important gaps in HIV prevention and treatment services. Despite tremendous progress in recent years, with a record 13 …