Denial among reasons thousands default on Aids treatment

2013-09-17 14:07

More than 4 000 HIV/Aids patients have defaulted on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment in Gauteng since 2011, the DA has said.

Health MEC Hope Papo revealed in response to a question in the Gauteng legislature today that 4 410 people had defaulted, said DA Gauteng health spokesperson Jack Bloom.

Papo gave the major reasons for default as stigma, discrimination and denial.

Some HIV-positive mothers failed to give their babies Nevirapine to prevent infection. Other people gave false addresses or returned to other provinces or countries.

“It is disturbing that so many people default on Aids treatment as this leads to ARV resistance and the need for expensive alternative treatment,” Bloom said.

“While some factors are outside the department’s control, every effort should be made to ensure that Aids patients take their medicine,” he said.

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