Navigation Links
South Africa still debating how to tackle HIV/AIDS when 5 million are infected

A national conference in South Africa was dominated this week by the continuing debate over HIV/AIDS drugs. Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang repeated yet again that drugs were not the only way to fight HIV/AIDS, and that eating habits were also important.

After previously denying links between HIV and AIDS, the South African government began providing AIDS drugs in clinics last year. As many as five million South Africans are HIV positive, which is more than any other nationality in the world.

The minister in the past has been nicknamed Dr. Garlic because of some of her ideas on combatting AIDS.

After experts said that a new generation of drugs would be cheaper and easier to use, delegates at the 4,000-strong conference came to the defence of ARV drugs.

Fatima Hassan of the AIDS law project at the University of Witwatersrand, was very critical of the govenment and said she thought there was "deliberate campaign against evidence-based medicine." Hassan said that ARVs are saving people's lives.

She says unambiguous messages must come from the highest level, the minister of health, as communities are confused and in particular poor communities.

Mark Nelson, director of HIV services at the Imperial College School of Medicine in the UK said that tackling AIDS without the use of ARVs was "a no-brainer", and it was important to give people the belief that these drugs work because they do.

Earlier in the conference, South African military officials said they were fighting a "human war" against the "formidable enemy" of HIV/AIDS, and said 23% of South Africa's troops are infected with HIV - a similar rate to the adult population at large.

The army is taking part in a US-funded programme to see how AIDS is affecting its combat-readiness, and this includes giving anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) to some 1,000 soldiers.


'"/>

Source:News-Medical Net


Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. South Americas vast pantanal wetland may become next everglades, UNU experts warn
2. South African Tribunal Asks For Damages Estimates in GSK AIDS Drug Case
3. New Species of Coral Discovered Off Southern California
4. High carbon dioxide levels spur Southern pines to grow more needles
5. North & South American researchers find architectural abnormalities in T. cruzi ribosome
6. UT Southwestern researchers discover master switch in cell death
7. Drug resistant avian influenza viruses more common in Southeast Asia than North America
8. UT Southwestern researchers develop screening test for cells that activate immune system
9. UT Southwestern researchers unravel control of growing blood vessels
10. Newly discovered birdlike dinosaur is oldest raptor ever found in South America
11. DNA end caps may lead to cancer treatments, UT Southwestern researchers report
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/3/2016)... 2016 Das DOTM ... Nepal hat ein 44 Millionen ... Kennzeichen, einschließlich Personalisierung, Registrierung und IT-Infrastruktur, an ... und Implementierung von Identitätsmanagementlösungen. Zahlreiche renommierte internationale ... teilgenommen, aber Decatur wurde als konformste und ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... May 24, 2016 Ampronix facilitates superior patient care by providing unparalleled technology ... LCD display is the latest premium product recently added to the range of products ... ... ... 3d Imaging- LCD Medical Display- Ampronix News ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... 3, 2016  Neurotechnology, a provider of high-precision ... Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) , a complete ... MegaMatcher ABIS can process multiple complex biometric transactions ... of fingerprint, face or iris biometrics. It leverages ... and MegaMatcher Accelerator , which have been ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... UAS LifeSciences, one of ... their brand, UP4™ Probiotics, into Target stores nationwide. The company, which has been ... Target to its list of well-respected retailers. This list includes such fine stores ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has ... Association to serve as their official health care ... Willowbrook will provide sponsorship support, athletic training services, ... coaches, volunteers, athletes and families. "We ... Association and to bring Houston Methodist quality services ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... FRANCISCO , June 23, 2016   EpiBiome ... has secured $1 million in debt financing from Silicon ... ramp up automation and to advance its drug development ... its new facility. "SVB has been an ... beyond the services a traditional bank would provide," said ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced positive ... its complement C3 inhibitor, APL-2. The trials were ... studies designed to assess the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics ... healthy adult volunteers. Forty subjects were ... dose (ranging from 45 to 1,440mg) or repeated ...
Breaking Biology Technology: