New evidence presented at the International AIDS Society Conference in Rome confirms that by expanding eligibility for antiretroviral therapy (ART) we could massively reduce new HIV infections.
The Gauteng Department of Health says that over three million people have tested for HIV in the province’s health facilities since the launch of the HIV counselling and testing (HCT) campaign in April 2010.
The department spokesperson, Simon Zwane, points out that, "As of 30 June 2011, 301 544 people tested for HIV in both public and private health institutions."
In the same vein, Zwane says the department had allocated R1.9 billion to the HIV/AIDS programme to increase the number of people on antiretroviral treatment to 520 000 by March 2012.
International researchers have urged African governments and donors to increase HIV treatment programmes on the continent dramatically.
This follows the release of a landmark study released at the Sixth International Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Rome, which shows infected Africans on antiretroviral (ARV) drugs now live almost as long as those who are HIV negative.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that millions of blood tests conducted every year to diagnose tuberculosis are unreliable and putting patients' lives in danger.
Director of the WHO Stop TB Department, Mario Raviglione, points out that, "Based on the evidence, (these) tests lead to misdiagnosis and mistreatment of patients. They are a waste of time and resources."
Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, says that since the launch of government's HIV, counselling and testing campaign in 2010, 11.9 million people have tested, with the figure growing every month.
Presenting the department's R25 731 554 billion budget for the year 2011/12 to Parliament, Motsoaledi said in taking the campaign further, the department, together with the House of Traditional Leaders and CONTRALESA, will on 12 June 2011, launch the massive HCT campaign at Mafefe village in Limpopo.
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In Cape Town in South Africa, kids in the Zip-Zap circus are living a happy and active life thanks to life-saving antiretroviral drugs.
In northern Mozambique, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is empowering HIV-patients to take an active part in managing their disease.
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A multi-national study shows that if an HIV-positive person starts taking antiretroviral therapy early on, that is, when their CD 4 count is still high, their chances of infecting their HIV-negative partner can decrease by as much as 96 percent.
The results of the study are viewed as confirmation of untested wisdom among clinicians who have for a number of years thought that people on combination antiretroviral therapy have a lower chance of transmitting HIV to their uninfected partners.
I sat on the edge of the bathtub heaving. Every organ system in my body felt as though it was being pummelled - and then some. I had a constant metallic taste in my mouth. And these drugs were supposed to be helping me?