ARVs: Lack of drugs to set patients back

2010-08-21 00:00

HIV/AIDS patients are among the hardest hit by the strike, as any interruption in their anti-retroviral medication can severely set back their recovery. Two women who experienced this told Weekend Witness: “The more we skip treatment, the more chance we stand to get sick.” They added that they cannot get the drugs elsewhere, as their files are at the closed East/Boom clinic.

Dr Gulam Latiff, a Durban HIV specialist, said that for some it could be impossible to regain their health as drug resistiance and a fall in CD4 count can set in.

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