03 June 2011

Thousands of Khayelitsha residents who have tested HIV positive are living a lot longer thanks to an antiretroviral (ARV) initiative.

Public health clinics in the area became the first to distribute ARVs with the help of among others Doctors without Borders.

Ten years ago, about 100 HIV positive people in Khayelitsha used antiretrovirals, now more that 20,000 rely on the drug to live a quality life. A Site C community member, Thobani Ncapanyi, has been living with the virus for the past 14 years.

The 40-year-old is originally from the Eastern Cape and said he moved to Khayelitsha in 2001 when he heard about the ARV programme. Ncapanyi said the ARV drugs have not only prolonged his life, but made it possible for him to watch his son grow up. Read full article