In the media

Miracle drug a step closer

  • 24 July 2014 | The Star - Editorial | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, TB and HIV, drug resistance, drug resistant TB, TB

Mortality statistics show that in South Africa tuberculosis is unquestionalbly the leading overall cause of natural death.

It is the leading cause of death among black African and coloured people, while diabetes features prominently among Indian South Africans.

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More HIV-positive people to get ARVs

  • 24 July 2014 | Sowetan, The Times & The Citizen | Category: In the news, PMTCT, Prevention and treatment, PMTCT, SA HIV treatment guideline update

HIV-positive patients whose CD4 count is 500 or lower will be placed on anti-retroviral treatment from next year, costing government a n additional R1-billion.

The decision to initiate treatment that early comes amidst pressure by the World Health Organisation for governments to curb the disease by 2030.

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Not even a maybe, baby

  • 24 July 2014 | Kim Johnson - Opinion | Category: News analysis, HIV reporting, HIV 'cure'

Inconsistent coverage of the Mississippi baby story raises questions around balancing business and journalistic duty in the SA media.

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Fears over health workers

  • 23 July 2014 | The New Age - Free State news | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, hiv testing

There are fears that without healthcare workers at the clinics and hospitals across the province, the health department would deteriorate to a point where the public never test for HIV because of the lack of counselling.

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Old cancer drug smokes out HIV

  • 23 July 2014 | The Times & The New Age | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, HIV 'cure'

AIDS researchers trying to cure HIV with a one-two punch have had an early hint that the approach might work – they have successfully used an old cancer drug to kick the virus out of its hiding places in the body.

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Cocktail drug PaMZ seen as breakthorugh TB cure at Aids conference

  • 22 July 2014 | The New Age | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, TB and HIV, 20th international AIDS conference, TB

This week will bring advances in the treatment of hepatitis C and tuberculosis, the two most significant co-infections in people living with HIV-Aids, says Australian co-chair of Aids 2014, Prof Sharon Lewin.

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Quicker cure for TB soon

  • 22 July 2014 | The Times & The Star | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, TB and HIV, drug resistance, TB

South African researchers have brought the world a step closer to using a new drug combination that could shorten the time it takes to treat tuberculosis.

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Having the snip sees men having less unprotected sex

  • 22 July 2014 | The New Age - Analysis, Richard Ingham | Category: In the news, Circumcision, Men and HIV, Prevention and treatment, mmc

A campaign to encourage circumcision among men in sub-Saharan Africa to help protect them against the Aids virus is backed by new research.

The study showed that men have had the operation are unlikely to engage in unprotected sex.

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LGBT call for PrEP drugs

  • 21 July 2014 | The New Age | Category: In the news, Men and HIV, Prevention and treatment, msm, PrEP

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is calling for the wider availability of a pre-exposure prophylaxis(PrEP) drug and that it be accessible for free, said Johan Meyers, health manager at LGBT NGO OUT-WellBeing.

“PrEP is only available on prescription and is quite expensive as well,” Meyers said.

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TAC mourns MH17 victims

  • 21 July 2014 | The New Age & City Press | Category: In the news, 20th international AIDS conference, MH17

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has sent its condolences to the family and friends of fallen HIV and Aids medical researchers who died in the Malaysian plane crash.

“Many of those on the flight were our comrades and allies in the fight against HIV-Aids globally. We acknowledge the crucial contribution that many of the victims have made to our struggle over the years.”

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