World Aids Day

Every year on 1 December, the world commemorates World AIDS Day. The day creates an opportunity to show solidarity for the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

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South Africa remains one of the countries with the largest HIV epidemic in the world, with about 7.7 million people living with HIV. There have been improvements in testing people for HIV in South Africa and we have one of the largest antiretroviral treatment programmes that also implements the test and treatment guidelines.

Studies have made “game-changing” results in the past month when it comes to HIV treatment. This new study has shown that the antiretroviral medicine, cabotegravir (CAB LA), which is administered by injection every two months, prevents HIV. The study shows that the long-acting injections among women in sub-Saharan Africa were 89% more efficient in preventing HIV compared to daily oral tablets when used for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), meaning that women, who are at a higher risk of contracting HIV can now have an antiretroviral (ARV) drug that reduces the number of new infections.

These tests and prevention technologies will have a significant impact on the fight against this epidemic. However, despite these advances in the treatment and awareness of HIV/AIDS over the years, there’s still stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS in our communities and this ostracising behaviour has a larger psychological effect on people living with HIV/AIDS. Stigma and discrimination in our communities may result in a lower number of people testing for HIV, due to how the community perceives you when you are living with HIV. The more we educate ourselves on the measures to prevent the contracting of HIV/AIDS, the closer we move towards living in a world of fewer infections.  References:  1.  2. 
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Key Dates

1 December: World AIDS Day
3 December: International Day for Persons with Disabilities
10 December: International Human Rights Day
16 December: Public Holiday – Reconciliation Day
25 December: Public Holiday – Christmas Day
26 December: Public Holiday – Day of Goodwill.

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