ARVs used for suicide
More and more teenagers are overdosing on antiretrovirals to kill themselves, according to psychiatrist Dr Helen Clark, who works at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.
She said teenagers who attempt suicide often use whatever is available to them - rat poison, cleaning fluids, pills or their caregiver's antiretrovirals.
Cop gave me HIV and kicked me out!
When the 27-year-old woman met a SAPS member who proposed marriage to her, she thought her dream had come true.
She told Daily Sun when they met in 2010 he aid he was about to get divorced from his wife.
Fears over foreign control
South Africa's state pension fund is opposing the takeover of drugs firm Adcock Ingram by Chile's CFR Pharmaceutical because of concerns about foreign control and the share component of the deal, a source familiar with the fund's thinking said yesterday.
The state-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Adcock's largest shareholder with a 14% direct stake, has only given vague reasons for its rejection of the $1.3bn (R13.56bn) deal, saying it was not in its "best interest".
ARV theft puts patients in dangerMedical experts have warned of the dangers behind HIV-Aids patients skipping their ARV treatments. This after two health officials were arrested for stealing ARV drugs at the Esselen Street Clinic in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, last Wednesday.
Papo fumes at the sale of free ARVs
Representatives of people living with HIV-Aids yesterday expressed outrage following reports that staff at a Hillbrow clinic were selling free antiretroviral treatment (ART) on the black market.
Treatment Action Campaign spokesperson Andrew Mosane said they were in the process of commissioning their own team of investigators to further probe the matter.
How ARV drug gang was arrested
An illicit syndicate selling ARV medication has been uncovered at the Esselen Street Clinic in Hillbrow, Johannesburg.
Yesterday, after six months of investigation, police arrested two health officials who were caught during a sting operation by intelligence agents.
HIV/Aids patients were tricked by clinic employees into thinking that there was no medication available. Then the officials would claim to have a reserve supply that they would sell at prices ranging from R50 to R100.
HIV fight gaining ground
Gauteng HIV treatment programme is flourishing with the province more than doubling the number of adults on antiretroviral (ARV) medication in a single year.
By mid-2013, it had more than 505 644 adults on treatment, with Joburg (177 176), Ekurhuleni (133 864) and Tshwane (106 067) in the top five districts for ARV treatment in the country, behind eThekwini (207 091).
Harsh price of HIV-linked longevity
Research studies show that people with HIV who are on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment now live almost as long as their HIV-negative peers.
But this gain in life years also has a downside: It has put HIV-infected people at risk of developing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol, which normally only appear in older people.
Department to improve ARV access
In a bid to reinforce the fight against HIV and Aids, the Gauteng department of health has put more than 700 000 people on antiretroviral (ARVs) treatment since the beginning of the programme in 2004.
However, the department said the stigma and discrimination still remains a major challenge in communities and it contributes to denial and non-acceptance on one's HIV positive status.
Young mums slip through HIV test net
Babies born to teenagers are more likely to have HIV than babies born to people older than 20.
This is according to a South African study published in Plos One, a medical journal, on Friday.
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