Antiretroviral drugs

Hope for Africa in the AIDS Fight

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) says that Africa is now at ‘a make-it or break-it moment’ in response to the HIV-AIDS epidemic.

Speaking from Addis Ababa, UNAIDS executive director, Michael Sidibe, points out that there have been massive advances over the past decade in the fight against AIDS in Africa.

Sidibe, who maintains that the fight to acquire affordable AIDS drugs has been successful, states that costs are now down to US$120 per person per year, and over five million HIV-positive people are receiving treatment in Africa.

AIDS Pill Can Slash HIV Infection Risk – Study

Two studies conducted in Africa showed for the first time that AIDS drugs designed to treat HIV can also be used to reduce dramatically the risk of infection among heterosexual couples.

The findings add to growing evidence that the type of medicines prescribed since the mid-1990s to treat people who are already sick may also hold the key to slowing or even halting the spread of the sexually transmitted disease.

No Excuse for Neglecting 10 Million People With HIV

Governments must commit to massively scale up treatment at UN Summit on AIDS
Governments will meet at the United Nations (UN) in New York for an HIV/AIDS Summit from 8 to 10 June, to discuss the global response to the epidemic over the next five to ten years. Hanging in the balance will be the lives of the 10 million people in urgent need of treatment, at a time when the latest science tells us that treating HIV not only saves lives, but also dramatically reduces transmission of the virus from one person to another – by 96 percent.

Empowering HIV-Patients to Manage their Care

In northern Mozambique, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is empowering HIV-patients to take an active part in managing their disease.

In this five-part video-clip series, MSF demonstrates tools and models that could help make improved treatment accessible to many more. Between 8-10 June 2011, world leaders will meet in New York to decide on the future of the millions needing treatment urgently. By sharing this video, help MSF spread the word that there is NO EXCUSE for governments to leave 10 million people untreated! 

Johannesburg Clinics Run Low on AIDS Drugs

The Gauteng Department of Health says it is dispatching an antiretroviral drug to clinics around Johannesburg that have run low on stock.

The department spokesperson, Simon Zwane, points out that, “We have done a quick investigation and established that the clinics have not kept sufficient stock.”

Zwane states that the department will be dispatching more drugs to those clinics starting today already and continuing tomorrow.

New Twist in South Africa's AIDS War

Authorities and health experts say South Africans living with AIDS are being robbed of their lifesaving drugs so that they can be mixed with marijuana and smoked.

The concoction is called ‘whoonga’ -- less a word than an exclamation -- and it adds a bizarre twist to the war on HIV/AIDS in the world's worst-affected country just as it embarks on a massive distribution of antiretrovirals.

Zim in Need of Anti-AIDS Drugs

Zimbabwe’s health ministry say the country may not have enough anti-AIDS drugs to comply with World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations on providing treatment to people with HIV.

Coordinator of HIV Treatment in the health ministry, Tsitsi Mutasa Apollo, points out that the number of people in need of treatment will double if the department follows the WHO plan.

"We are likely to experience more drug shortages," says Apollo.

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