Khayelitsha - On April 1st, the South African Department of Health will begin implementing the new anti-retroviral (ARV) guidelines as outlined in President Jacob Zuma’s 2009 World AIDS Day speech, including providing TB and HIV care under one roof.
The newly approved ARV treatment guidelines include policy shifts that many activists had been fighting for years, including TB/HIV integration and other evidence based HIV treatment protocols such as using better tolerated tenofovir, decentralisation of service delivery to primary health care, nurse-initiated treatment, providing ARVs to all HIV-infected infants, pregnant women and people with TB with a CD4 count of less than 350.
to distant ARV service points (and vice-versa), resulting in long waiting times and duplication of both clinical and laboratory investigations and medical records. Patients were also seen by different health care staff, which was a waste of resources and a confusion for patients.
treatment in co-infected patients.
MSF: Dr Gilles van Cutsem 082 3066 771 or Dr Cheryl McDermid 079 632 4810
Treatment Action Campaign: Neliswa Nkwali 078 211 0452
City of Cape Town Health Department: Dr Virginia Azevedo 083 629 3344