HIV treatment for kids has improved and there is more to come, says Dr Moherndran Archary

HIV treatment for kids has improved and there is more to come, says Dr Moherndran Archary

Dr Moherndran Archary’s research has helped shape South African health policy, most notably the rollout of better HIV treatments for children and babies. Spotlight’s Biénne Huisman chatted to him about the state of HIV treatment for kids and some exciting prospects on the horizon.

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#Vote4Health | What 10 political parties have to say on Spotlight’s top 7 health questions

#Vote4Health | What 10 political parties have to say on Spotlight’s top 7 health questions

Healthcare is an issue that at some point touches everyone in South Africa. It is also an issue that will impact who people vote for on the 29th of May. To help voters understand just what parties are putting on the table when it comes to healthcare, Spotlight pin-pointed seven critical healthcare questions and put them to 10 political parties.

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Chronic kidney disease rates have dropped in people with HIV, but late diagnosis remains a serious problem

Chronic kidney disease rates have dropped in people with HIV, but late diagnosis remains a serious problem

Elri Voigt unpacks the complex effect that HIV has on the kidneys, how HIV and chronic kidney disease has evolved after the roll out of anti-retroviral treatment, and what the situation is now in the country for people living with HIV and chronic kidney disease.

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Widely used HIV drug in SA flagged for reports of resistance – but experts say don’t panic

Widely used HIV drug in SA flagged for reports of resistance – but experts say don’t panic

That HIV can develop resistance to the drugs used to treat it is nothing new, but results from recent studies reveal the emergence of resistance in subsets of people living with HIV to dolutegravir – an antiretroviral widely used in South Africa. Top HIV experts spoke to Elri Voigt about the new findings and what it means for people living with HIV in the country.

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Dramatic decline in condom distribution in SA, new figures show

Dramatic decline in condom distribution in SA, new figures show

Condom distribution in South Africa has dropped dramatically over the last five years, finds a Spotlight analysis of data recently published in the Health System Trust’s District Health Barometer.

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Focus on children, urges president of SA Society of Psychiatrists

Focus on children, urges president of SA Society of Psychiatrists

There are serious gaps in psychiatry regarding treatment, prevention and care for children and adolescents in South Africa. Offering solutions, Dr Anusha Lachman tells Spotlight psychiatric services should be offered in ways that are Afro-centric and culturally sensitive.

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Some people still sidelined at health facilities – how do we fix it?

Some people still sidelined at health facilities – how do we fix it?

Nthusang Lefafa looks at the latest Ritshidze report for key populations and speaks to some public healthcare experts about possible solutions to challenges facing those marginalised groups who carry a high burden of the HIV pandemic.

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Stigma, lack of awareness holding back use of HIV prevention pills, experts say

Stigma, lack of awareness holding back use of HIV prevention pills, experts say

Over the last four years South Africa has taken large strides in making HIV prevention pills available at public sector clinics, but uptake has not been as good as some may have hoped. Thabo Molelekwa asks several experts why this might be.

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Obesity and HIV: Semaglutide should be rolled out in SA, says Dr Nomathemba Chandiwana

Obesity and HIV: Semaglutide should be rolled out in SA, says Dr Nomathemba Chandiwana

Obesity is a public health crisis in South Africa, similar to HIV in the late 1990s, Dr Nomathemba Chandiwana tells Spotlight on the sidelines of the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Denver, Colorado. She also presented research that found lifestyle behaviour changes had a limited effect on reversing weight gain in people living with HIV.

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