Friday, 1 August 2014 - 09:21

In his budget vote speech on Wednesday July 23 2014 Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi made two significant announcements relating to the treatment of HIV in South Africa:

  • From 1 January 2015 public sector HIV patients will be started on antiretroviral treatment once their CD4 counts drop below 500 cells/mm3. Currently treatment is provided once a person’s CD4 count drops below 350. The change brings South Africa in line with current World Health Organization (WHO) HIV guidelines.
  • From 1 January 2015 HIV positive pregnant women will be started on life-long...
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Monday, 28 July 2014 - 09:40

On World Hepatitis Day, organisations call on SA government: protect infants with HepB jab at birth & reduce patent barriers to HepB therapies
July 28, 2014, JOHANNESBURG—On World Hepatitis Day, 26 organisations and individuals from around the world have called on the South African Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to address the public health threat of hepatitis, by implementing hepatitis B immunisation at birth, and reforming national patent laws to promote access to more affordable hepatitis therapies...

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 - 16:46

In his first term as Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi oversaw the massive scale-up of antiretroviral treatment in South Africa. This scale-up has saved many thousands of lives and has pushed up life expectancy in South Africa to over 60 years. The Minister’s policy positions have been reasonable and he has been willing to engage with civil society. He has also not been afraid to stand up to strong industry lobbies when the public interest demanded it. For these reasons the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomed Dr Motsoaledi’s reappointment after May’s national elections.

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Monday, 21 July 2014 - 10:52

In 2011, the UN and member states set a goal of reaching 15 million people on AIDS treatment by 2015—a goal many questioned but that will be met next year. Since then, evidence and tools available have changed and it is clear that simply tracking testing and treatment is not good enough.  Critically, it is now clear that suppressing the HIV virus with high-quality HIV drugs keeps people living with HIV alive and healthy while also preventing HIV transmission.

“We are demanding quality in the response. Reaching and maintaining an “undetectable viral load” is the closest...

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Sunday, 20 July 2014 - 10:41

This article was originally published in The Sunday Times - by Mark Heywood
This week thousands of activists, scientists and government officials will troop to Melbourne, Australia, to participate in the 20th International AIDS Conference. Melbourne, of all places! Melbourne, where AIDS is largely an academic issue, because most people who live with HIV are on treatment. Melbourne with a first world health system! Melbourne, 10 000 kilometers from Africa where tens of thousands of people still die of AIDS! Melbourne, 9 088 kilometers from China where AIDS activists...

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