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HIV / AIDS
March 7, 2019

Are we curing HIV with stem-cells?

Ever since HIV was first identified in the 1980s, the medical community has been trying to identify a viable cure for it. This week, they got one step closer. In the UK, a patient’s HIV became "undetectable" following a stem cell transplant, only the second case of its kind. What is a stem cell transplant? A stem cell transplant has replaced the traditional “bone marrow transplant” used as an effective treatment for diseases of the blood and bone marrow, like leukaemia. Bone marrow is the spongy tissue inside some of your bones, such as your hip and thigh bones. It…
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HIV / AIDS
January 23, 2019

Can HIV increase your risk for TB?

Tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s leading infectious killer. It’s also the number one cause of death among HIV-positive people. In 2015, over 10 million people across the globe had TB disease. Of these, about one million also lived with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). If you’re wondering why these two infections often go together, and what you can do to stay free of TB if you’re HIV-positive, read on. Why HIV increases your risk for TB HIV is a virus that destroys those cells in your body that help to fight germs and infections. These are called CD4 cells. When you…
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HIV / AIDS
October 22, 2018

Can you treat HIV with a tablet per week?

HIV is a human immunodeficiency virus that, if not managed correctly, can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). AIDS is the final and most severe stage of HIV. According to UNAIDS in 2017 over 30 million people around the world were living with HIV. If you have HIV, you should start antiretroviral treatment as soon as possible as the human body can’t get rid of HIV completely, even with treatment. HIV attacks your white blood cells and reduces the number of them in your body. White blood cells are important for keeping your immune system healthy. Without treatment, HIV slowly…
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HIV / AIDS
April 20, 2018

“The cure” for HIV and other myths

About seven million people in South Africa are living with HIV. Our country has one of the highest rates of HIV in the world. HIV is a virus. If HIV is not treated and managed, it can lead to AIDS, the final and most severe stage of HIV. Having HIV also means that your body becomes weaker, since HIV kills the cells in your body that protect you from infections and viruses like the flu, colds and other diseases. However, having HIV does not mean you will automatically get AIDS. This is why it’s so important to treat and manage…
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HIV / AIDS
November 27, 2017

World Aids Day: How we will win this war

Can you believe that the war against HIV has been going on for 35 years!?  Since the beginning of the war, we lost many battles, but we still have a good chance to win the war. Since the start of this war, 78 million people around the world have become infected with HIV and 35 million people have died of AIDS-related illnesses. In 2016, one third of all new infections in Sub-Sahara Africa came from South Africa, and the latest figures show that around 7.1 million people are currently living with HIV. If we want to take this war to…
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HIV / AIDS
October 27, 2017

Frequently asked questions about ARVs

Can ARV’s cure HIV? No, ARV’s can decrease the viral load (the amount of virus in the bloodstream), but they are not a cure. Even if the viral load on a blood test is so low that it’s “undetectable”, the virus is not gone. How can a doctor tell if the ARV’s are working? The viral load should go down and the CD4 count should go up. What happens if I miss a dose of ARV’s? Take the medication as soon as you can and take the next dose at the scheduled time (except if the drug may have daytime…
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HIV / AIDS
October 27, 2017

HIV/AIDS: What you need to know

The HIV virus is one that attacks the body’s immune system and, without proper treatment, effectively destroys the body’s ability to fight off diseases. Once your immune system reaches a stage where it can no longer fight off infection, HIV becomes AIDS. And while there is no known cure for HIV or AIDs, ARV (anti-retroviral) drugs can help prevent the HIV virus from becoming full-blown aids. With ARVS, an HIV positive person can live a normal and full life as long as they continue taking medication and lead a healthy lifestyle. We spoke to Dr. Albert from Hello Doctor to…
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HIV / AIDS
December 1, 2014

Living positive with HIV

Antiretroviral medications (ARVs) have changed the lives of millions of people all over the world. Why is it so important? Because it’s the only medication that’s known to help manage the disease we call HIV/Aids. How Have ARVs Changed Life? Without treatment life expectancy of an HIV positive person was around 10 years and people experienced a poor quality of life with multiple infections and secondary diseases (like flu). But with the introduction of ARVs, along with a good diet and some lifestyle changes, life expectancy has pushed past the 20-30 year marker. While researchers are still hard at work…
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HIV / AIDS
July 14, 2014

Gay men should take PrEP, according to WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has suggested that gay men take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), as a way of protecting themselves against HIV. What Is PrEP? Pre-exposure prophylaxis is usually as a combination of two anti-retroviral drugs in a single pill, taken every day. It’s a way for people who are at high risk of HIV to help reduce their risk of contracting the virus. Why Should Gay Men Consider PrEP? The WHO’s suggestion that gay men should take anti-retroviral drugs, even if they're not infected, doesn’t just stop at gay men. The call’s been made for all high-risk groups, including…
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HIV / AIDS
January 23, 2014

What to eat if you are HIV positive

Good nutrition and a balanced diet is incredibly important for people with HIV, as they have a compromised immune system and are prone to illness and infection. They are also at higher risk for developing other diseases, and may experience common side effects such as fatigue. Certain foods can help people with HIV to feel better, and can boost their immune system so that they get sick less often and are able to fight off infection. For a lot of HIV positive people who take ARVs, the medication can make them feel ill and nauseous. If this happens to you,…
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