Stories: Antiretrovirals

  • HIV in Mozambique: Starting, and Staying on, Treatment

    Mozambique is fighting to gain control of its HIV epidemic, leading with a plan to strategically enrol substantial numbers of people with HIV in treatment programmes in an effort to end transmission of the virus. The number of people who have started antiretroviral therapy (ART) has already jumped from 308,000 in 2012 to more than 676,000 by March of last year. Officials expect...

  • HIV/AIDS Patients in Lesotho Turn to Traditional Medicine

      A photo posted by Virginia Quarterly Review (@vqreview) on Dec 28, 2015 at 12:47pm PST Maseits’iro Seits’iro sits down at a table in her small office and lights four tall candles so she can receive prophecies from the ancestors. A seashell beside the candles helps her see evil spirits, the “heathens.” As a child, she...

  • The Problem With Tying Health Care to Trade

    I first met Cesar Alva on a gray winter afternoon in downtown Lima. He wore a knit stocking cap over a thick head of hair, drawing attention to his slight underbite and jaundiced eyes. Alva lives with his parents, a retired housekeeper and construction worker, in a neighborhood at the center of Peru’s swelling capital city. He...

  • Why South Africa’s Health Minister Is So Worried About India Caving in to Big Pharma

    The South African health minister Aaron Motsoaledi, in an exclusive interview to Scroll, said that he was extremely "scared and worried" about the possibility of pro-industry changes in India’s intellectual property rights regime. For decades, India has been at the forefront of a legal battle to make lifesaving drugs available at affordable prices for much of the...

  • Nigerian Woman Living With HIV Recounts Her Experience Giving Birth to HIV-Negative Baby

    About two years ago, Rosemary, 30, went to the clinic for antenatal check-up. After series of test, she was told that she was HIV positive. The nurses counselled her. She says the counselling provided at the clinic boosted her morale. She said to herself then that God knows everything that happen to mankind and knows how to help her. Rosemary...

  • Through PMTCT, We Can Protect Future Generations from HIV, Experts Say

    As part of HealthNewsNG's special focus on HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health issues, Jennifer Ehidiamen spoke to Nurse Egga, an expert in Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) and Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) who works in a general hospital in Nasarawa state, northern Nigeria. Her bubbling attitude and high-pitched voice resonate with her passion for the fight...

  • Young HIV-Positive Nigerians Seek Education, Rights

    When Aminat Alli-Agboola, 33, first found out she was HIV-positive in 2004, she was too sick to react to the news. “I was very ill,” she says. “There was nothing I could do but pray to survive.” At the time, she attended Yaba College of Technology in Lagos, a city on the southwest coast of Nigeria. Unsure how...