North West probes baby formula scandal

2014-04-04 11:26

The North West health department is investigating why it bought R7m worth of baby milk formula but failed to distribute most of it, and then had to pay R2m to dispose of it, according to a report.

Malawi sex workers want damages

2014-02-25 20:00

Fourteen sex workers arrested by police in Malawi and forced to take HIV tests have launched a fresh bid to seek damages in court.

Uganda army winning hearts, minds, foreskins

2014-02-04 16:48

Ugandan troops have been marking national army week celebrations with a public health drive that includes distributing condoms and circumcising men as part of efforts to battle Aids.

Motsepe Foundation donates R11m to Aids campaign

2014-01-26 10:05

The Motsepe Foundation has donated R11m to U2 singer Bono's (RED) campaign, which fights HIV/Aids.

ANCYL commemorates World Aids Day

2013-12-01 14:30

The ANC Youth League joined the world on Sunday in commemorating World Aids Day.

Uganda leader Museveni publicly tests for HIV

2013-11-08 17:09

Uganda's president is testing for HIV in public, saying he wants all Ugandans to know their status if the country is to stem the growing number of new infections.

SA singer appointed UNAids ambassador

2013-10-24 09:12

Gospel and RnB musician Loyiso Bala has been appointed as the national goodwill ambassador for the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids), the organisation has said.

Charlize reaches out to SA's youth

2013-07-29 18:27

Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron has urged the youth of South Africa to find out more about HIV/Aids to keep themselves healthy.

Circumcision no ticket to irresponsibility

2013-05-30 22:18

Being circumcised must not be viewed as a licence to promiscuous relations, or to live an irresponsible life thinking that they will not get infected by HIV, the deputy higher education minister says.

Aids an African emergency - Zuma

2013-05-26 18:54

The AU considers Aids an emergency which requires bold action, unprecedented levels of financial investments and sustained political leadership, says President Jacob Zuma.

SA must make the best of Obama's visit

2013-05-21 11:46

SA should use the upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama to cement its good relations with the US, writes Simon Williamson.

US backed HIV vaccine fails

2013-04-30 12:07

A halted study testing an experimental HIV vaccine after an independent review board found the vaccine did not prevent HIV infection nor reduce the amount of HIV in the blood.

HIV 'cure' looks promising, say scientists

2013-04-30 07:16

Danish scientists are working on human trials designed to make it easier to attack the AIDS-causing virus.

Man tries to sue ex over HIV infection

2013-04-22 13:04

A Gauteng man has been unable to lay criminal charges against his former girlfriend for allegedly trying to infect him with HIV, according to a report.

Aids rate lower than reported - SANDF

2013-03-19 12:20

The SA National Defence Force has a HIV/Aids prevalence rate of 8.5%, a spokesperson says, dismissing reports of a higher rate.

Gauteng teens opt for safer sex

2013-03-13 22:33

The Gauteng premier says new HIV infections among teenagers in the province have decreased by almost half between 2002 and 2008, while teenage boys recorded the highest use of condoms.

Aids treatment proves ineffective in Africa

2013-03-04 22:16

Trying to prevent HIV infection through vaginal gels or daily tablets has proven ineffective in the southern African region ravaged by the disease because people failed to use the medicines as required.

Malawi gets 1 000 new HIV cases a week

2013-02-23 22:34

Aids-ravaged Malawi, where over a tenth of the population is HIV positive, records on average 1 000 new cases weekly, a top government official says.

Manage HIV earlier rather than later

2013-02-19 16:01

South Africans are living longer, with life expectancy increasing from 56 years in 2009 to 60 years in 2011.

What are the symptoms of HIV/Aids?

2013-02-05 11:40

The symptoms of HIV infection include the following: fever and nights sweats, swollen glands, diarrhoea, aching muscles and tiredness.

What are the causes of HIV/Aids?

2013-02-05 11:40

According to researchers, two viruses cause Aids, namely HIV-1 and HIV-2. These viruses belong to a family called the retroviruses and are able to infect a person for the rest of that person's life.

How is HIV/Aids diagnosed?

2013-02-05 11:40

Ordinary HIV tests do not detect the virus, but rather the specific antibodies that are produced by the immune system in response to HIV infection. Antibodies are produced from about three weeks after infection and usually become detectable by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay or ELISA testing by four to six weeks after infection.

Employers urged to raise disability cover

2013-01-22 11:54

As Aids disability claims begin to bite, employers should make the most of lower group life premiums by focusing on disability benefits, says an industry expert.

Behaviour reduces HIV spread - study

2012-12-13 10:24

The spread of HIV can be reduced by changing the behaviour of infected people, a study has found.

SA makes progress in HIV/Aids fight

2012-12-01 14:13

A South African clinic shows how the country is making progress in the fight against HIV/Aids.


HIV vaccine on the way: Motsoaledi

2014-03-04 05:30

Sustained research programmes will eventually lead scientists to develop a vaccine for the prevention and treatment of HIV, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says.

Matthew McConaughey consulted 3 doctors about HIV when he was younger

2014-02-06 20:00

Matthew McConaughey was worried about the possibility of contracting HIV when he was a teenager so he spoke to three doctors about the risks.

Uganda plans drug boost for Aids fight

2014-01-30 20:01

Uganda's government is planning to double expenditure on anti-retroviral drugs in an effort to reverse a worsening trend in HIV infections.

Youth sidelined by HIV messaging

2014-01-13 05:00

Local activists are concerned that HIV education campaigns may be missing the nation’s youth.

Manage HIV earlier rather than later

2013-12-01 07:30

South Africans are living longer, with life expectancy increasing from 56 years in 2009 to 60 years in 2011.

106 girls raped in 3 months in district

2013-10-24 09:56

A KwaZulu-Natal district municipality has experienced 106 rapes of girls under the age of 12 in a three-month period, amid efforts to curb the phenomenon of "sugar daddies".

TAC's Zackie Achmat arrested in Cape Town

2013-09-12 15:28

Treatment Action Campaign founder Zackie Achmat and 18 Social Justice Coalition activists have been arrested for illegally gathering outside the Cape Town civic centre.

Funds dry up for rape NGO

2013-06-09 21:10

A feisty NGO that has helped 30 000 rape survivors in Mpumalanga may have to shut its doors as funding dries up.

Zim prisoners denied Aids drugs - claim

2013-05-26 22:19

A Zimbabwe rights activist has filed a court suit claiming prisoners are being denied vital Aids drugs.

'Pleasure executives' brief MPs

2013-05-24 22:11

MPs should join other respected local and international groups to push for the decriminalisation of prostitution, rights activists have told Parliament's joint committee on HIV/Aids.

"I had unprotected sex, am I HIV+?"

2013-05-20 09:52

This forum user made a mistake and now he's worried. What's your advice?

HIV and Tuberculosis

2013-04-23 10:50

Tuberculosis is the most common Aids-defining illness in South Africa and worldwide, but people with HIV respond well to TB treatment, says Dr Avron Urison of AllLife.

SADC rallies to fight TB

2013-03-20 19:25

Southern African health officials and international agencies will sign an agreement in Swaziland to reduce TB and HIV in the region's mining sector.

Rapid HIV treatment points to "functional cure"

2013-03-18 09:26

Treating people with HIV rapidly after they have become infected with the virus that causes Aids may be enough to achieve a "functional cure" in a small proportion of patients diagnosed early, according to new research.

Court orders ARVs for baby

2013-03-12 11:21

The Western Cape High Court has given permission for the SA Military Health Service to administer antiretrovirals to the newborn baby of a soldier, despite his parents' objections.

HIV 'cure' in infancy, caution experts

2013-03-04 22:16

Aids experts have cautioned against hype of a cure, after doctors in the US suppressed HIV in a child born with the virus by administering a potent drug cocktail shortly after birth.

HIV & Exercise

2013-02-22 13:24

Exercising should be a priority for everyone whether HIV positive or negative. Dr Avron Urison of AllLife explains the benefits of exercise for people living with HIV.

What is HIV/Aids?

2013-02-05 11:40

HIV attacks and gradually destroys the immune system, which protects the body against infections. The Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) is caused by infection with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

What is the course of HIV/Aids?

2013-02-05 11:40

The disease is best understood as a continuum from initial infection to terminal illness.

What are the risk factors for HIV infection?

2013-02-05 11:40

Examples of people most at risk for HIV infection are: people who have unprotected sex, people who have many sexual partners, people who share needles.

Fight Aids, Charlize asks world leaders

2013-01-22 22:00

Movie star Charlize Theron says the world's business and political leaders need to do more in the fight to eradicate Aids.

Zuma: Aids fight a success story

2013-01-18 19:05

South Africa's fight against HIV/Aids has in a very short time become a success story, President Jacob Zuma says.

Gauteng has shortage of Aids drugs: DA

2012-12-02 19:03

A spokesperson for the DA has claimed that there is a shortage of antiretrovirals (ARVs) in clinics around Gauteng.


A positive attitude on HIV

2012-11-30 16:47

HIV is anything but a death sentence, says specialist Dr Roen Van Dyk and HIV+ hero Barbara Kingsley. Watch.

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