Human Interest

Back to Basics for Health Care

Providing anti-retroviral drugs and preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV are not always feasible with South Africa's health-care infrastructure. Now that we've celebrated a victory over multi-national pharmaceutical companies for access to cheaper medicines, what are we going to do about preventing mother-to-child transmission of Aids and access to anti-retroviral drugs?

In search of voluntary HIV testing and counselling

Voluntary HIV testing and counselling is essential for HIV prevention but as yet few health facilities in South Africa provide the service. The national health department’s Directorate for HIV/AIDS and STDs does not have accurate recent figures regarding available voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) services but the bottom-line, says MsThembela Masuku, Deputy-Director of Counselling Programmes, is that it is still limited.