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HIV and safe conception

HIV and safe conception

By Dr. Elna Rudolph and Dr. Jireh Serfontein.

Before the introduction of antiretroviral therapy (ART), healthcare providers discouraged childbearing due to the risk of HIV transmission (to uninfected partners as well as from mother-to-child).

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SHARE: Global Community for Sex, HIV And Reproductive Empowerment

For people living with HIV and healthcare providers interested in HIV, there is a new Global Community for Sex, HIV And Reproductive Empowerment called Global SHARE – a community of providers, civil society members and people living with HIV (PLHIV) who are interested in addressing the reproductive needs and rights of PLHIV.

The aims of the group is to share skills, knowledge, tools, experiences and research findings to support providers in gaining skills around optimising sexual and reproductive health (SRH) for those in their care who are living with HIV, and enabling and empowering PLHIV to make informed reproductive choices. Global SHARE hopes to be a dynamic, engaging group that gains a global voice to influence SRH policies, programmes and access for PLHIV.

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Sexual Health Tests: What You Need When

Sexual Health Tests: What You Need When

Published in Clicks Clubcard Magazine, June 2015.

Knowing your ‘status’ isn’t only about HIV. Getting checked out for other STIs is crucial to protect your health – and your fertility.

Flavoured condoms for everyone? This is not the usual type of headline you see in newspapers… But with Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi recently announcing that the Department of Health was going to be handing these out at universities, it’s a clear sign that South Africa has come a long way in finding solutions to curb the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STI). The innovative move comes off the back of research by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) that more and more South Africans are having unsafe sex and have no fear of getting infected with HIV/Aids. And it’s not just varsity students – the stats show that this attitude is worsening across all age groups. The good news – and boy do we need some – is that because our country has far-reaching treatment programmes fewer people are dying from the disease.

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