HIV & AIDS

HIV testing, treating and managing the horrible reality that South Africa is believed to have more people infected with HIV/AIDS than any other country in the world. But targeted interventions are having an impact.

  • The HIV infection rate has fallen one-third since 2004
  • More than 80% of expectant HIV-positive mothers are receiving treatment in order to prevent the transmission to their child
  • Upwards of 3 million people are receiving free anti-retroviral treatment

Being HIV-positive is not a death sentence. Get tested, get treated and live a long and productive life.

Preventing of new HIV infections

Anyone can get HIV, and greater emphasis is being placed on reducing the risk of new infections and averting its spread.

  • Half of people living with HIV don’t know they are infected. Knowing your status is the first step. We offer free confidential HIV counselling and testing services (HCT).
  • More resources are being allocated to the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and free HIV medication is available.
  • A free and safe male medical circumcision (MMC) reduce the risk of female-to-male sexual transmission of HIV by approximately 60%.
  • Distribution and education on the use condoms and lubricants designed specifically for vaginal, anal, or oral sex.

HIV infection in Adults

Right to Care aims at enhancing linkage to care, therefore, reducing death and disability due to HIV. We have established centres of excellence for HIV care and treatment. Using our gained knowledge, we provide technical guidance and training for improving the standard of care at government health facilities for the Department of Health and other NGO partners.

We actively participate in the committees of Department of Health, SA National AIDS Council, HIV Clinician’s Society, and Medicine’s Control Council.

Reducing the reliance on trained doctors within the public sector we incorporate nurse-initiated and managed antiretroviral treatment (NIMART) at primary health care facilities and refer stable HIV-positive patients to private-sector GPs at no cost to patients.

We test and train on genotyping to identify HIV drug resistance in patients so we access to third-line treatment.

At our centres of excellence, we provide free services to any HIV-positive patient requiring care. These services include:

  • Treatment of HIV, AIDS and any opportunistic infections
  • Laboratory amenities for blood work
  • Counselling before and during antiretroviral therapy
  • Free antiretroviral medication through professional pharmaceutical services
  • Patient monitoring so they don’t default on treatment

HIV in children

The majority HIV infections in South Africa children (under 15 years old) have been passed from mother to child during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or breastfeeding. However, thanks to preventive treatment regimens, the incidence of mother-to-child HIV transmission is decreasing.

Paediatric department under the leadership of Dr Leon Levin at Right to Care has spent 10 years concentrating on developing strategies and work plans to help the government manage children infected with HIV. This includes guidelines on antiretroviral treatment designed to deal with the special needs of children and their growing bodies.

An established doctor’s helpline takes 250 calls a year from all over the country to provide guidance on individual cases. An annual conference is held where subject matter experts share their knowledge with research, government and NGO partners.

HIV in teens and young adults

The youth (between 12 and 24 years old) are a vital target group in South Africa’s ability to conquer the burden of HIV. We need to ensure teens who are about to begin their journey into adulthood and sexual exploration are educated about HIV/AIDS. HIV-infected youth, also needs the support of their communities and parental figures so they adhere to their treatment programmes and are not stigmatised against.

The youth population benefits from the same services as the Paediatric department at Right to Care. The expert team concentrates specifically on their unique needs.

We have spearheaded the development of peer lead adherence support clubs which allows for open and frank discussions. The team works closely with each patient to monitor viral statistics so that treatment can be tailored.

For the youth, the management of HIV will be a lifelong commitment and special initiatives are essential. We are leading those initiatives.

Truth About STD Symptoms, Herpes & Syphilis

You may have heard a lot about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but how much of what you’ve been told is fact – and how much fiction?

Let’s start with the basics: what is an STD? An STD is a sexually transmitted disease, and maybe you know that you can contract one by having sex with someone who’s already infected. But did you know that you can also get infected if your hands, mouth or genitals come into contact with an infected person’s genitals – especially if you have open sores? STDs aren’t just transmitted through sex, but by any type of unprotected sexual activity.

Download these fact sheet to learn more.

5 of the most common myths about STDs

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