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TAC condemns suspension of KZN Doctor Mark Blaylock

The Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Health has yet again taken disciplinary action against a doctor without good reason, this time Dr Mark Blaylock of Manguzi hospital.

HIV/AIDS denialism is dead



TAC complaint against charlatan Zeblon Gwala upheld by Advertising Standards Authority

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASASA) has upheld a complaint by the Treatment Action Campaign against an advertisement for the fake AIDS cure, Ubhejane, placed by Zeblon Gwala in Ilanga newspaper on 6 December 2007.

The ruling is here.

The contents of Ubhejane have never been made public. It has never been tested in clinical trials. It is unregistered and sold illegally as a cure or treatment for HIV.

Debunking AIDS Denialism

What is AIDS denialism?

It is the promotion of one or more of the following pseudo-scientific views: (1) HIV does not cause AIDS, (2) the risks of antiretovirals outweigh their benefits and (3) there is not a large AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

Here we present links to documents debunking these myths. We also present links to documents showing the dire consequences of AIDS denialism.

Key documents explaining the science of HIV/AIDS

The Evidence that HIV Causes AIDS

Disciplinary action withdrawn against Dr Colin Pfaff

The Kwazulu-Natal Department of Health has withdrawn its disciplinary action against Dr Colin Pfaff. The TAC welcomes this development.

See our previous statement on disciplinary action against Dr Pfaff.

We agree with Dr Francois Venter, president of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society who said:

Statement on disciplinary action against Dr Colin Pfaff

TAC condemns the disciplinary action being taken against Acting Medical Manager Dr Colin Pfaff, who works in Manguzi Hospital in Umkhanyakude district, Kwazulu-Natal. Pfaff provided dual antiretroviral prophylaxis to pregnant women attending the antenatal clinic. Although the nevirapine programme in the province is reaching nearly all obstetric facilities, about 22% of HIV-positive mothers transmit the virus to their babies. This is why Dr. Colin Pfaff and other medical doctors working in Manguzi Hospital have put patients before the process.

TAC Electronic Newsletter


  • Global call to action on TB: TAC, AIDS Law Project (ALP) and ARASA call on clinicians and activists around the world to endorse our demands for improved TB prevention, diagnostics and treatment ahead of the Union World Conference on Lung Health. 

TAC lodges complaint against Christine Qunta

This morning, about  30 members  of the TAC, most living openly with HIV, gathered at St Georges Cathedral in Cape Town and proceeded to hand over a complaint against Christine Qunta, her associate Freddie Isaacs and the company Comforter's Healing Gift to the Director of Public Prosecutions, the South African Human Rights Commission and the Cape Law Society.  Two TAC members also went to Qunta Incorporated's offices in the Reserve Bank Building to give Chr

Unethical Promotion and Testing of Medicines on Humans

A Judicial Investigation into the Presidency and Health Ministry and criminal proceedings against Christine Qunta are necessary.


"34. (1) A person desiring to initiate or conduct a clinical trial
in respect of an unregistered medicine, a new indication or new
dosage regimen of a registered medicine or substance, shall apply to
the Council on a form determined by the Council for authority to
conduct such a clinical trial”.

“(5) No person shall conduct clinical trials referred to in
subregulation (1) without the authorisation of the Council.”

TAC Electronic Newsletter


  • Defending Health Rights: a timeline of the court case to restore health services in Khayelitsha.
    • State appeals interim Cape High Court Decision ordering it to restore health services in Khayelitsha.
    • TAC National Executive Committee resolves to mobilise the widest support for sufficient human resources in the health system. &n
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