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South Africa: South Africa to Expand ARV Drugs Coverage in 2015
Source: SA - The Good News via SAPA
Source Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Focus: Citizen Engagement
Country: South Africa
Created: Aug 28, 2014

The new treatment regime was in line with guidelines adopted by the World Health organisation (WHO) in 2013, which recommended that countries start treating HIV-positive patients on antiretroviral (ARV) drugs sooner.
In addition, South Africa would no longer terminate the treatment of HIV-positive women when they stopped breastfeeding their infants.
Instead, South Africa would adopt the WHO Option B Plus from January next year.
"Option B Plus simply means every pregnant HIV-positive woman goes on lifelong treatment, regardless of their CD4 status," Motsoaledi explained.
"Treatment of as many people as possible has been found by research to be also a form or prevention."
The new drug treatment regime would be coupled with prevention programmes.
The programmes would include massive condom distribution, a scaling up of medical male circumcisions, and testing campaigns.
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