ARVs soon in one-pill regimen in SA

2012-10-05 00:00

CHANGE is looming for patients who are currently on anti-retroviral (ARV) medicine, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said yesterday.

Motsoaledi said the patients who normally had to take four different tablets as part of the medication, will now be on a single-pill regimen. The new pill will be a combination of all the medications.

Addressing the delegates at the South African National Aids Council, Motsoaledi said the current tender to supply the ARV medicine was coming to an end and the department was looking to issue a new tender that will provide one-pill medication that would be taken twice a day.

The details of the medication or how these changes would come into effect were not immediately available yesterday.

On the fight against the spread of HIV infections, KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo raised concerns that efforts to fight the scourge were being hampered by the “Sugar Daddy” syndrome.

He said the issue of intergenerational sex was largely behind the infections in the Sub-Saharan region.

“You find older men after these young vulnerable children … if I am protective of my 14-year-old daughter, why should I do that to someone else’s daughter?”

He said studies had shown that because of intergenerational sex, many girls were vulnerable to contracting HIV from about 14, while boys were not vulnerable to infections at a younger age and can remain HIV negative from birth until they are at least 19 years of age.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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