“I PRAY that God will keep me alive until my grandson is old enough to look after himself.”
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma and his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe are expected in Nelson Mandela Bay today to announce government’s plan to extend HIV treatment to everyone with a CD4 count of 350 and under.
TEACHERS often complained about how often she missed school, fell asleep during class and didn’t do her homework.
THE massive surge in Aids orphans in the Eastern Cape, many of whom are forced to drop out of school to take care of their siblings, is undermining gains made in fighting the pandemic.
THERE are some days when 35-year-old mother-of-two Precious cannot take her ARVs because she does not have any food to eat.
WITH an estimated 171000 Aids orphans in the Eastern Cape, the government, crippled by a shortage of social workers and a backlog of placing the orphans in foster care, has resorted to appealing to Good Samaritans to lend a hand.
THE government’s adjustment this year of how HIV-positive patients are treated has been a major step towards bringing the HIV/Aids pandemic under control in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Nationally, an average of 21 people die every hour from HIV/Aids
AS more HIV-positive patients are put onto antiretroviral treatment (ART), doctors warn of the rising global phenomenon of patients defaulting on their medication “as soon as they feel better”.
Khanyi Ndabeni spoke to Siphokazi Magobiyana, 40, who has been working with HIV/Aids patients through NGO Nonceba in Nelson Mandela Bay’s New Brighton for the past three years.