Scary Sowetan article promotes HIV stigma

  • 8 October 2014 | Kim Johnson | Category: News commentary, HIV reporting, Stigma and prejudice, stigma

Purely anecdotal evidence of one familial caregiver being infected with HIV results in an alarmist stigma-mongering article recently published in the Sowetan.

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Vitamins 'quack' to train docs

  • 7 October 2014 | The Times | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, ART, AZT, Patrick Holford

Patrick Holford – the man who claimed Vitamin C works better than AZT for treating HIV – has been accredited to ward South African doctors professional development points.

Doctors must complete 30 hours of training year to accumulate enough continual professional development points to remain registered as medical professionals.

If doctors pay to listen to Briton Holford’s seminars on nutrition in the next week, they can earn as many as eight of the 30 points.

Holdford has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, has published 38 bestselling diet and nutrition books, and sells a range of supplements.

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TAC battling to survive

  • 6 October 2014 | The Star – Editorial | Category: In the news, Politics and Policy, Donors, treatment action campaign

The Treatment Action Campaign is battling a fresh funding crisis, with especially British government money set to dry up next year.

And the source of its troubles seems clear: South Africa’s position as a middle-income country is starting to change priorities in the international NGO funding sector, whose money and resources must go where the need is greatest.

And the TAC, which was probably the first committed, organised movement of activists for justice to take on the ruling party, is now under serious pressure as a result.

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Traditional healers key to health

  • 6 October 2014 | The New Age - Western Cape news | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, traditional healers

The city of Cape Town’s health directorate says traditional healers are key to healthier communities.

This was one of the outcomes at a recent workshop for traditional practitioners hosted in Khayelitsha.

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Circumcision offered for free at clinic

  • 2 October 2014 | The New Age - KwaZulu-Natal news | Category: In the news, Circumcision, Prevention and treatment, mmc

Free medical male circumcision will be offered to males aged 10 years old and above by the Lancers Clinic on Saturday and on October 11.

“When coming for the procedure, members of the community must bring an identity document or birth certificate for those under the age of 18. Guardians of minors must also produce IDs and an affidavit if the surnames do not correspond.” eThekwini municipality spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa said.

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UN should stop flogging these self-serving celebrities

  • 2 October 2014 | The Verve in The Star | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, Women and HIV, Victoria Beckham

Tottering onto stage in her eight-inch stillettos, frock designer and former pop star Victoria Beckham made her inaugural speech as United Nationals goodwill ambassador last Thursday.

We knew things were serious because she had her hair in a bunn and wasn’t wearing sunglasses for the short address, in which she spoke of the need to help women and babies with Aids. “For some reason, people will listen to me,” she said oh-so-modestly. “This is an incredible journey for me.”

It goes without saying that helping to alleviate the suffering of Aids victims is a noble cause.

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Step up health education

  • 2 October 2014 | The New Age – Editorial | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, TB and HIV, adherence, TB

It is worrying that people would deliberately tamper with their own health to secure government grants.

Going off medication that is keeping one alive or playing what is tantamount to a game of chicken with a deadly disease like tuberculosis by not sticking to the treatment regimen is reported to be the way that people seek to access state funds.

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Health promoting foundation needed

  • 2 October 2014 | The New Age – Voice of government, Savera Kalideen | Category: In the news, Politics and Policy, non-communicable diseases

How we die gives surprisingly useful insights into how we can live.

Do we die through violent crime, road accidents or infectious diseases?

Are we dying younger or older over time?

The latest Stats SA report shows that even as our death rate slows down, there’s a shift towards preventable lifestyle-related illnesses.

While this is alarming it is also empowering, because as a country and as individuals and communities we can do something about it.

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TB drug price tempting sufferers to break the law

  • 2 October 2014 | Health-e News Service, The Star | Category: In the news, Prevention and treatment, TB and HIV, linezolid, XDR-TB

With treatment proves out of reach, some extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) patients face a tough choice: break the law or die.

During the dark days of Aids denialism, activists smuggled antiretrovirals into the country in suitcases and airfreight cargo.

Now history may be repeating itself as some patients look at ways outside the law, including ordering drugs online, to fill doctors’ prescriptions as linezolid continues to cost more than R700 a daily pill.

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Child sex laws immoral: ACDP

  • 2 October 2014 | Sowetan | Category: In the news, Children and teens, Politics and Policy, Sexual Offences and Related Matters Act

Sexual intercourse by children aged between 12 and 16 will no longer be punishable by law – but there is a catch.

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