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New ARV plan will prevent deaths: Cosatu

2011-08-13 23:22

Johannesburg - A new plan to supply all HIV patients with a CD4 count of 350 or less with a government antiretrovirals (ARV) treatment will help reduce deaths, Cosatu said on Saturday.

"This is another milestone in the battle to roll back the deadly HIV epidemic," the Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said.

"If these new guidelines are effectively implemented, it will improve the quality of life of many people with HIV."

A Lesotho study found that patients who started treatment when their count was above 200 were 68% less likely to die than those who only started treatment when their count fell below 200, Craven said in a statement.

"The challenge is to make sure that all those now entitled to ARVs receive them regularly and that the rate of new infections is drastically cut."

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe announced the treatment plan at a National Aids Council (Sanac) meeting in Bloemfontein on Friday.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the government would budget R5bn for the first year of the plan, with another R1bn added in the next financial year.

However, he thinks South Africa could afford the new costs as government had brought the cost of ARV medicine down by R4.7bn, an estimated 53%.

Motsoaledi said the plan would be integrated into the proposed National Health Insurance system.

Present guidelines only provided ARVs for "vulnerable" people such as pregnant mothers or those with active Tuberculosis, Motsoaledi said. All other patients had to wait until their CD4 counts fell below 200.

Comments
  • Lestor - 2011-08-13 23:33

    Its horrible to say, but we shouldn't giving out free ARV's. If you make a bad decision and get infected you must handle the consequences. If you are born with it fine, it wasn't your fault I don't mind sharing the cost with you. ARV's are not a cure, they are just costing billions and it is not even fixing nor helping the problem, treating symptoms does no good. We all die, HIV or no, prolonging it at the expense of everybody else is not helping things. I feel for you I truly do but not enough to pay for your mistakes for my entire life. It is important to remember that it is a misrepresentation to say ARVs save lives, they delay the effect, not cure the person.

      debrakayestylist - 2011-08-14 07:30

      @Lestor what about the 2 million children that were born into it compassion lacking dude from hell.....obviously you are clueless on the subject, ARVs will keep the virus in check well into the 70s and 80s

      Lestor - 2011-08-14 10:52

      If you had read my comment you would have seen that I don't mind people born with it getting for free. ARV's have no standard for how long they increase peoples lives for, but as it stands 20 years from infection is rare even if the drugs are taken correctly. Granted that is a long time, they could live a nice bit of life there, but not one im whiling to pay for. They made a bad decision, they must pay the costs, I don't expect you to pay for me if I drink and drive and crash, why should I pay for your risky behavior?

      letsee - 2011-08-14 13:33

      I wonder what you would say if you were HIV positive. You are not giving a 2nd chance to people that made a mistake and I bet that you like to have 2nd chances. Stop being self fish.

      Lestor - 2011-08-14 14:15

      I wonder what I would say if I could get out of paying for anything by having others pay for it. Im pretty sure I would take it. It doesn't make it right though.

  • ProudofPink - 2011-08-14 00:53

    Not horrible to say at all. I'm tired of paying tax to this thieving government and for what's left over after they've stolen most of it, to be used on idiots with Aids. Stop fighting nature because it doesn't work and Aids is nothing more than nature's way of culling.

      CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-08-14 10:08

      You would think the same of stupidity and intolerant behavior and yet..

  • Dave50 - 2011-08-14 06:01

    I know a couple and have known them for a long time, they are both HIV+, they stopped at a road accident to help people, visitors from another area of SA. There was plenty of blood around and 6 months later when they went for a medical for insurence purposes they were both found to be posative. The people they helped were white and they are black so no inuendo's about race here please.My question is "Has anybody the right to deny them treatment" as they are not a Malema level of earnings couple and can't afford medical aid. If they said how they contracted the infection who would beleive them ?. This one of the few good things the government is doing so before you set yourself up as executioner maybe you should stop and think before somebody does the same to you.

  • lou63 - 2011-08-14 08:41

    isn't it sad that ARV's will be issued free to all and CANCER patients don't get treatment because the bills owed to suppliers for urgently needed medicine weren't paid by Gov ... what about those dying and those life's that could be prolonged ,, just as HIV/Aids can be treated Cancer can too ...

  • Carolyn - 2011-08-14 09:19

    They screwed around, they spread the virus, and this is a death sentence, so why free meds, let them die.

      Boab - 2011-08-14 10:33

      Words escape me. Surely no one really has an outlook as selfish as this?

  • CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-08-14 10:07

    Well why not give the meds day one for good, limiting treatment is medically unsound. Morons. But hey its a third world country you can only expect #fail in everything done in SA.

  • letsee - 2011-08-14 13:41

    WOW, What a profound statement... Cosatu is saying what everybody already knows.

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