To commemorate Youth Month in June, Health-e News is broadcasting a five-part adolescent health series on Morning Live (SABC 2). This insert – the third in the series – follows Aphiwe Thamela, an HIV-positive youth who is both raising a daughter and making a difference in her community.
In January, the country will introduce a big change in antiretroviral (ARV) treatment for pregnant women with HIV. Health workers in the Western Cape, which has been operating under the new treatment plan for over a year, warn that the change means more than just pills for expecting mums.
In January, South Africa will begin initiating HIV-positive pregnant women on life-long antiretrovirals (ARVs). OurHealth looks at how far South Africa’s come in preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission.
South Africa has charted steady and significant decreases in mother-to-child HIV transmission rates in recent years but prevention of mother-to-child HIV (PMTCT) campaigns may still be starting HIV-positive mothers on treatment too late.