26 October - 1 November 2012—HIV News Update.
- Feeding misperceptions around food and ART: An Ourhealth article featured on the Health-e website, which tells the storyof a woman who is putting off antiretroviral treatment (ART) because she does not have a steady supply of food, does not make it clear that while not ideal, antiretrovirals (ARVs) can be taken on an empty stomach or in the absence of a ‘good’ diet.
- Media must inform and empower passive patients: If media coverage is anything to go by cases of HIV and TB misdiagnosis seems to be on the rise. But articles that tackle this issue seem to be reluctant to step in where the healthcare system has failed by providing factual information that could empower readers and stamp out instances misdiagnosis.
- Papers take a closer look at HIV vaccine breakthrough: Two comprehensive articles in the City Press and The Sunday Independent afford greater insight into the HIV vaccine breakthrough, which made news last week.
- Crisis in health care considered in contxet of HIV: Articles highlighting the crisis in the public health care sector that incorporate how HIV-related services are being affected, show that journalists are beginning to consider HIV as a contextual factor.
In the news:
- Aids takes heavier toll on men (M&G)
- Women's rights must be enforced (M&G)
- Pregnant girls neeed protection (M&G)
- Varsity's HIV centre gives hope! (Daily Sun)
- Task team lauds SA efforts in tackling HIV-Aids (TNA)
- Parents urged to talk sex (TNA)
- It's our hub (The Star)
- The forgotten families who live in squalor (The Star)
- HIV Update: Napwa supports condoms in schools (Sowetan)
- Corpses spark lively debate (The Star)