City abuzz with Aids sessions

2016-12-01 06:00

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate was due to host a series of outreach sessions from Thursday and throughout the week in support of World Aids Day, which falls on 1 December.

City Health and its partners have made tremendous strides in managing HIV. Some of these interventions include the following: Increasing the number of people who test for HIV, but also ensuring that those who do test positive are started on anti-retroviral treatment (ART) timeously it safe and therefore desirable for HIV-positive mothers to breastfeed, resulting in, In the last financial year (June 2015 – July 2016), City Health started 12 954 new clients on ART, against a target of 8 540 and HIV tests have become routine for new tuberculosis (TB) patients, which allows for early diagnosis and treatment of dual infections (HIV underlying TB). TB does occur in people who are not HIV-positive, but TB is a common opportunistic infection in patients who are HIV-positive. The city health will be conducting outreach activities where they will be offering HIV counselling and testing, tuberculosis testing, condom distribution, awareness talks, distribution of information pamphlets, entertaining activities, and other health services. For more details, including events on 2 and 3 December 2016, www.capetown.gov.za

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