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Wednesday, 24 November 2010 - 15:06

SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcome the results of the Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Initiative (iPrEX) trial. Published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the study is the first to establish that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – taking antiretroviral (ARV) medicines before sex – reduces the risk of HIV infection. It follows closely on the heels of the CAPRISA 004 trial, which demonstrated that the use of tenofovir 1% gel reduced the risk of HIV infection amongst women at increased risk.

The iPrEx trial enrolled 2499 men who have...

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Wednesday, 24 November 2010 - 14:56

Barbara Hogan, our comrade, is retiring from government ending a very important chapter in SA history. When Barbara was appointed Minister of Health in 2008, most people did not know her. This tribute is written because she is a remarkable (almost anonymous) leader, a White person from a working-class background in the liberation movement and a woman in a male-dominated environment.

Barbara Hogan’s political work inspired many generations of activists who knew her and those who learnt of her contribution to our struggle for freedom. Today, her knowledge and experience remains an...

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Wednesday, 24 November 2010 - 14:38

The Budget and Expenditure Monitoring Forum (BEMF) held its fourth meeting on 12 November 2010. It brought together over 30 people from 10 organisations. The forum considered the Integrated Support Team reports, the antiretroviral tender and the future cost of antiretroviral treatment in the public health system. The forum also heard updates on events in the public health system in Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Free State provinces. An update on the TAC/CEGAA community budget monitoring project was also presented.

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Monday, 22 November 2010 - 12:16

22 November 2010

In a show of solidarity and to commemorate World AIDS Day, the Treatment Action Campaign, SECTION27, COSATU and others will be staging a protest on 1 December 2010 at the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria to demand the immediate release of Chinese AIDS activist, Tian Xi and other Human Rights activists detained in China. The protest is part of a global campaign to demand Tian Xi’s release. Protests will also take place in other parts of the world.
 

22 November 2010

22 November 2010

In a show of solidarity...
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Friday, 12 November 2010 - 11:05

Today the 41st World Lung Conference opens in Berlin. This is the main annual global TB conference. We are pleased that after decades of very little technological progress in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of TB, there are now important technological advances. There are promising new TB drugs in the pipeline and a new diagnostic that detects TB in less than 2 hours. But with these advances comes the challenge of ensuring that people most in need of them across the world can access them.

Today the 41st World Lung Conference opens in Berlin. This is the main annual...

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