prevention

New Recommendations for HIV Patients

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged countries to phase out the use of Stavudine, the most widespread anti-retroviral, because of what it calls long-term, irreversible side-effects in HIV patients,  including wasting and a nerve disorder.

In sweeping changes to its guidelines, the WHO also recommends that people with HIV, including pregnant women, should start taking antiretroviral drugs earlier to live a longer and healthier life.

Push for Routine Offers of HIV Tests

Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, is pushing for a radical change in South Africa’s approach to HIV testing, proposing that doctors and nurses routinely offer screening to all their patients instead of waiting for them to volunteer or get AIDS-related illnesses.

Motsoaledi says that he expects the Cabinet and other leaders to be at the forefront of a huge public HIV testing campaign, possibly on World AIDS Day on 1 December.

Mbeki Blamed for AIDS Deaths

Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi has unveiled shocking figures showing a huge AIDS-related leap in South Africa's death rate.

Motsoaledi points out that, "In 11 years [from 1997 to 2008], the rate of death has doubled in South Africa. That is obviously something that cannot but worry a person."

Motsoaledi pins the blame for the current scale of the pandemic squarely on what he called the ‘denialist health policies’ pursued by former president Thabo Mbeki's government.

loveLife Launches HIV Prevention Gauge 2009

As a former loveLife GroundBreaker I felt it was important to attend the launch of the HIV Prevention Gauge 2009 which took place on 2 November 2009 in Johannesburg. Written by the former loveLife CEO David Harrison and Ruth Scott, HIV Prevention Gauge 2009 is a unique book that brings together all published information about the current state of the HIV epidemic in South Africa.

TAC Gives Zuma’s AIDS Speech Thumbs Up

President Jacob Zuma's speech on AIDS in Parliament has marked the demise of state-supported denialism. This is the view of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).

In a press statement, TAC has described Zuma speech as one of the most important speeches in the history of AIDS in South Africa.

The organisation further says it welcomes the ushering of this new era, adding that almost exactly 10 years since former president Thabo Mbeki made a speech that began what it calls “the era of state-supported denial”.

Pharmacists Urged to Act Against Unsafe Abortions

Ghana Women's Voices has called on pharmacists to help in curbing the high level of unsafe abortions in that country.

The organisation has also encouraged pharmacists to use their medium to educate and direct expectant mothers, who are keen in aborting their pregnancies due to reasons beyond their control, to the right authorities, in order to reduce unsafe abortions.

Health Department Backtracks On HIV Figures

The Department of Health has revised its 2007 HIV figures for pregnant women, after stinging criticism from academics prompted a behind-the-scenes reassessment of its methods for estimating the numbers.

While the development is not explicitly spelt out at yesterday's release of the figures for last year, it nevertheless indicates an increased openness on the government's part about HIV/AIDS.

Newborn Survival Campaign Launched

The Save the Children charity aims to reduce by two-thirds the number of children who die under the age of five in more than 40 countries, including South Africa.

Through its global Newborn Survival Campaign, the charity wants to reduce the nine million child deaths a year from HIV and AIDS, other illnesses, childbirth complications and malnutrition.

In South Africa, 75000 children under five die each year - 260 a day.

About 20000 babies are stillborn and 22000 die before they are a month old.

HIV Prevalence Stabilises Amongst Pregnant Women

HIV prevalence among pregnant women has stabilised at about 29 percent. This is according to health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi.

Releasing the 2008 results of survey antenatal HIV in Pretoria, Motsoaledi points out that, “The prevalence among women aged 25 and above has stabilised at high and unacceptable levels."

He states that the report is a useful tool to observe trends and increase commitment to the implementation of government policies, as well as to provide feedback to healthcare workers.

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