South Africa to launch advanced new HIV drug

Henrietta Brewer
November 29, 2019

Douglas County Health Department will be open on Saturday, November 30 and will have free HIV Testing available from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Evidence from Viet Nam shows that online outreach workers counselled around 6 500 people from at-risk key population groups, of which 80% were referred to HIV testing and 95% took the tests.

Rodrigo Olin from the NZAF said people living with HIV often fear telling others.

The new prevention biomedical technologies like Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) have been successfully able to prevent the transmission of HIV from an infected person to a non-infected person.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has also been in that fight since the beginning.

South Africa has the world's largest HIV treatment programme, delivering anti-retroviral treatment to some 4.8 million people. The evidence that people infected with HIV who are virally suppressed can not sexually transmit the virus to their HIV negative couples or sexual partners has been available since early 2000.

"There's a type of a paradox because, at one point, our most fervent hope for ending the epidemic was through a vaccine, but that's proven to be extremely challenging", he added.

However, it states that young women and girls still bear the brunt of new HIV infections, where four out of five new HIV infections among adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa are girls. However, it is important to note that achieving epidemic control will require more resources in the form of community time and effort to educate the society, fight stigma and discrimination to improve access to HIV services by every member of the community.

"I had to leave a job after disclosing to my manager I was positive because of the bullying once I'd informed her".

Driving this work is a commitment to racial equity and social justice to dismantle the underlying racism and identity-based stigmas that drive HIV-related health inequities.

But at least 7.7 million South Africans are living with HIV, with the highest prevalence among adults aged 15 to 49 years.

Transgender people, and men who both have sex with men and use needles, were the only demographics that saw increases.

Ben Wilson, Global Category Director, Durex, said:"This provocative statistic highlights why we've joined forces with (RED), to provide an opportunity for everyone to play a role in helping end AIDS". As a Nation, we must come together to remove the stigma surrounding HIV and to address disparities facing people living with this disease. "We can not end the epidemic among New Yorkers without ending the epidemic among all New Yorkers".

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