Thursday, 7 August 2014 - 12:28

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) takes note of allegations in the media of misconduct against TAC leaders in the Free State from Mr Tefo Tabi, the head of the secretariat of the Free State Provincial AIDS Council (PCA). Mr Tabi has on request from TAC communicated his allegations to the General Secretary of the TAC, Anele Yawa, although he has up to now failed to furnish us with any detailed evidence. Mr Tabi’s allegations relate to payments for transport for stigma mitigation workshops conducted in the Free State that were co-hosted by the PCA and TAC Free State between June and...

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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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