New pills bring new hope

786d19008164.jpgSo far about eleven people in the region were started on FDC – five of which are pregnant women and the other six newly initiated ARV patients.

A 17-year-old grade 11 student at Mgezwa Secondary School was among the first people in the region to be initiated onto the pill. ‘€œIt is easy to swallow with minor side effects. I used to see my mother taking six ARV tablets a day but with me it is different,’€ he said.

‘€œThere is no way that I will default my treatment instead the pill will improve my adherence. There is no stigma attached to it. I thank the TAC   (Treatment Action Campaign) for campaigning tirelessy for the pill. The organisation has to remain vigilant and vibrant in advocating for better access to comprehensive health care services for all.’€

TAC branches in the region has have been educating communities on the new FDC pill. – OurHealth/Health-e News Service

Tandeka Vinjwa-Hlongwane is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from Lusikisiki in the OR Tambo district in the Eastern Cape


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