Wits RHI in the News

07 July 2018

Candidate AIDS vaccine passes key early test

Cape Town, 29 June 2016 - A groundbreaking HIV/Aids invention by a Cape Town scientist, has been ranked amongst the top in Africa. Exatype, the brainchild of Imogen Wright, will be used to detect drug resistance in HIV/Aids patients.

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27 June 2018

ART rollout in SA ‘could be largest chronic care programme in the world’

There are over 4m people with HIV on antiretroviral treatment (ART) in South Africa. Over 90% are being treated in the government hospitals and clinics. It may be the largest chronic care programme in a public health system in the world. Goundup reports that UNAIDS, the UN body that deals with the HIV epidemic, estimates that by 2016 conventional blood tests cannot detect HIV in over 3m people on ART. UNAIDS also estimates that new HIV infections halved between 2010 and 2016.

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06 June 2018

Changes in climate fuel listeriosis

South Africa's changing climate could fuel listeriosis outbreaks.

Several features of the microbe that cause the life-threatening disease make it, especially climate sensitive, scientists warn in the June edition of the South African Medical Journal.

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28 May 2018

Birth defects fears prompt warnings about new ARV

Within a week the “revolutionary” new HIV drug dolutegravir has gone from panacea to pariah. Recent data from a Botswana study linking the drug to birth defects has seen the highest international health bodies issuing public warnings.

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27 May 2018

Wits Reproductive Health Institute (WRHI) launches Safer Conception programme

The safer conception project community team, working with facility-linked community healthcare workers, will access people via home visits (door to door) and conduct community-based dialogues and outreach activities.

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10 May 2018

Testing for a deadly disease

Long-distance truck drivers who engage in intercourse with female sex workers, operating along the main highways in South Africa, are vulnerable to contracting HIV/Aids. What is the best way to test for this disease?

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30 April 2018

Safer Conception Services at Crosby Clinic

The Clinic staff has also received orientation about the service (Safer Conception) and nurses and counsellors have been trained on how to render the service in their facility.

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25 April 2018

SA civil society groups want UNAIDS director to resign

The director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, is facing calls from South African civil society groups to resign over his handling of a recent sexual assault investigation, reports The Guardian. Three South African civil society groups have called for an independent inquiry into the agency’s leadership, while the Aids Healthcare Foundation has written to António Guterres, the UN’s secretary general, calling for Sidibé to stand down. The AFH is a non-profit organisation that provides HIV care to hundreds of thousands of people globally.

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27 March 2018

HIV “DIY” testing kits used to help reduce stigma

HIV testing in South Africa is doing everything it can to reduce stigma. With some not wanting to publically queue to get tested, could this be the answer?

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12 March 2018

Witsies to get free snips on campus

Circumcision procedure offered on CampusTHE WITS Campus Health and Wellness Centre (WCHWC) will be offering a new service of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) from Friday, March 16.
WCHWC has partnered with Care Works, Society of Family Health (SFH), University Research Co. (URC) and the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) to launch Operation Wyze-Up.

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