Wits RHI in the News

28 September 2017

New ARV drug a ‘major step forward’ in fight against HIV

HIV/Aids patients on ARV treatment are eagerly awaiting a new drug that is cheaper and more effective. The Dolutegravir drug, a first in South Africa, also has had no major cases of side-effects reported, researchers revealed.

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27 September 2017

Rosettenville Clinic Open Day

Rosettenville Clinic had its open day on September 7, under the slogan: Free access to health care – Prevention is better than cure.

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20 September 2017

New HIV drug safer‚ more effective and cheaper

The new antiretrovirals South Africa will introduce in 2018 are cheaper‚ have far less side effects than current drugs and HIV cannot develop resistance to them.

"It's not often in medicine we get something safer and more effective that is also cheaper. This is a big step forward‚” said Deputy Director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute Professor Francois Venter.

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20 September 2017

Young, pregnant and abandoned by the system

There is little support for young, vulnerable pregnant women – and this is fuelling the high number of abandoned and orphaned babies.

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07 September 2017

Testing in your living room

It starts with a swab but does it end with a diagnosis? Why the trickiest part of DIY HIV testing happens after the test. The trick, says Ann Moore as she pulls the small white stick from the plastic packaging, is not just to swab the gums but to scrape them.

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20 July 2017

Drug resistance a major setback to HIV fight

More and more countries are reaching the “threshold” of resistance to the most commonly-used HIV drugs which could “undermine global progress in treating and preventing HIV”, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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20 July 2017

New ARV drug a game-changer for HIV​ patients

The much-anticipated antiretroviral (ARV) dolutegravir will be introduced as the first-line treatment for the HIV infected in South Africa as early as April, Health Department deputy director-general Dr Yogan Pillay said at the 9th International Aids Society (IAS) conference on HIV Science in Paris this week.

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20 April 2017

Contraception the answer to epidemic of teen pregnancies

Alarming research has found that two-thirds of women of child-bearing age have had an unplanned pregnancy in the last five years.

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20 February 2017

FACT-CHECKED: 2 claims about slavery & ‘child prostitutes’ in SA

The manager of a South African anti-human trafficking helpline made two claims about the number of slaves and 'child prostitutes' in South Africa. Africa Check investigated these startling claims.

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20 February 2017

HIV home-testing kits at your corner chemist

Pharmacies are no longer prohibited from selling HIV self-testing kits.

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