HIV/Aids

01 December 2017

It’s World Aids Day today. Read how close we are to a cure and six other stories you won't want to miss.

There's a lot to be positive about, but we also have a lot of work left...

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'HIV doesn’t kill – stigma does'

Although much progress has been made with the treatment of HIV over the past three decades, there is still stigma surrounding the virus.

This is the story of how one woman’s diagnosis led to a personal victory – and about her daily battle for a stigma-free, informed platform for HIV positive people.

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How far are we from a cure for HIV?

It's been decades since the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Ever since its discovery, researchers have been working tirelessly to figure out the characteristics and inner workings of the virus to find a cure.

A definite, traditional cure has not yet been established, even though researchers and scientists consider two specific, yet expansive, methods as “cures”.

‘I will leave my partner if he is HIV positive’

While there have been numerous breakthroughs in the fight against HIV, many sexually active people are still grappling with the question: ''Would you leave your partner if you find out they were HIV positive?''

This school is for children with HIV

As World Aids Day looms along with the annual focus on HIV awareness, so teenagers and children living with HIV in rural Vhembe villages continue to struggle to fit in with their communities because of the stigma associated with the virus.

To address this issue, the Vhutshilo Mountain School based in Tshikombani Village outside Makhado was specifically designed for children affected by the Aids pandemic.

Shocking: 70% of SA sex workers don’t protect themselves against HIV

Despite being offered a daily pill to protect them from HIV, almost three-quarters of women sex workers had stopped taking the pills after a year.

This is according to a study published in the PLoS journal last week, conducted by the TAPS Demonstration Study.

How locals are raising HIV awareness

The Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (HACT), a non-profit organisation based in the Valley of a Thousand Hills near Durban, has started a Red Ribbon Fridays campaign to raise awareness of HIV and Aids as well as educate people about the disease.

 

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Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl qualified at the University of Pretoria in 2005. She is a patients' rights activist and loves using social media to teach about HIV. She is in private practice in Johannesburg.

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