Treatment For All

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Pledge for comrades Mark & Prudence

A speech delivered on Sunday 23rd July by Treatment Action Campaign Deputy General Secretary, Sibongile Tshabalala, at the International AIDS Society conference in Paris, France on behalf of activists at the conference. — We lost gogo Prudence Nobantu Mabele. She died in 2017 with a CD4 count of 14. She was the first black woman […]

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TAC welcomes ARVs on campus in KZN

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the announcement that the University of Zululand will provide HIV treatment to students and staff on campus. If implemented effectively, this should provide an easier and quicker system for people to collect their ARVs and therefore ensure better treatment adherence. Making medicines more accessible will benefit the health of […]

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TAC welcomes treatment for all

JOHANNESBURG, 1ST SEPTEMBER 2016: From today all people living with HIV in South Africa are eligible to receive antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the public healthcare system. Previously only people with CD4 counts of 500 cells/mm3 or less were eligible for ART. The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes this development. Last year the landmark START trial […]

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Is the End to AIDS Just a PR Exercise?

Speech delivered by TAC General Secretary Anele Yawa at the opening of the HIV Clinicians conference on Wednesday 13th April 2016.  Conference delegates, people living with HIV, clinicians, friends and comrades. My name is Anele Yawa. I am the General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign and a user of the public healthcare system. The […]

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The Road to Durban 2016

– TAC statement following the meeting of the National Council, March 30th – 31st 2016 On March 30th and 31st 2016 the Treatment Action Campaign’s (TAC) National Council met in Booysens, Johannesburg. The National Council is made up of TAC’s national and provincial leadership. It is TAC’s highest decision-making body between congresses. The National Council […]

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TAC Welcomes Results of START Trial

⁃      We now know many more people should be offered ARVs than previously thought The results of a critical study determining when HIV-positive people should start taking antiretroviral therapy were announced last week – more than a year early. The START (Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Treatment) trial found that it is better for people living […]

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TAC Response to New HIV Treatment Initiation Threshold

In his budget vote speech on Wednesday July 23 2014 Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi made two significant announcements relating to the treatment of HIV in South Africa: From 1 January 2015 public sector HIV patients will be started on antiretroviral treatment once their CD4 counts drop below 500 cells/mm3. Currently treatment is provided […]

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NOW IS NOT A TIME FOR BACK-SLAPPING ABOUT PROGRESS – Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27 statement at the Opening of the 6th South African AIDS Conference:

NOW IS NOT A TIME FOR BACK-SLAPPING ABOUT PROGRESS – Critical Challenges Threaten Successful HIV Prevention and Treatment Programmes if not Addressed Urgently Yesterday at the opening of the 6th SA AIDS Conference the TAC was the recipient of the Dira Sengwe leadership in AIDS award. Sifiso Nkala, a TAC activist since 2000 and a […]

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Open Letter to WHO on Delayed Testing and Treatment Guidelines for Discordant Couples

A group of organisations working in HIV have written an open letter to the World Health Organisation (WHO), expressing concern over the organisation’s scrapping of the release of technical guidelines on HIV testing and treatment for discordant couples. Follow the link to see the letter. 9 August 2011 Dr. Margaret Chan, Director‐General World Health Organization Avenue […]

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Lancet model for the elimation for HIV

In November 2008, an article was published in the renowned medical journal, the Lancet, that proposed a mathematical model that could virtually eliminate HIV transmission in the future and reduce the number of people developing AIDS by 95%. The article called for universal testing and immediate initiation of ART upon learning one’s HIV-positive status. The […]

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