HIV and AIDS

AIDS challenges doctors’ role
Living with AIDS programme 57

Dr Nigel Hoffman and Dr Clare Hoffman are a husband and wife team who’ve worked at Rietvlei Hospital in the Eastern Cape for the past 14 years. However, as the number of patients with HIV/AIDS has increased, so their “cure rate” of patients has decreased. A demoralising situation for doctors who wish to heal their patients. In a context of grinding poverty and the absence of anti-retroviral drugs, all they can do is treat the illnesses they see and offer palliative care. More recently, the option of Nevirapine for pregnant woman has become available, but because of the need to have an AIDS test and the stigma related to the virus, woman are reluctant to access the programme.

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