HIV Information

HIV Information

When is World Aids Day Observed?
The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) encourages organizations to observe World AIDS Day on 1 December 2022, under the theme:  Equalise and Integ...
What are the steps to HIV wellness?
Step 1: Get your health checked • Get screened and tested for HIV and TB for free at any clinic near you Step 2: Take action once you know • Begin treatm...
What is HIV?
HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus, which can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome or AIDS. HIV destroys blood cells called CD4+ T cells which h...
Where can I get tested for HIV?
It's relatively easy to get tested for HIV in South Africa. You can do so at your doctor, local clinic or any public health facility. There's also t...
It's relatively easy to get tested for HIV in South Africa. You can do so at your doctor, local clinic or any public health facility. There's also the option to buy an HIV test online or at your local pharmacy. The HIV test is provided for
Antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) are used in the treatment and prevention of HIV infection. They fight HIV by stopping or interfering with the reproduction of th...
How can I minimise the risk of becoming infected with HIV and AIDS?
Abstain from sex or stick to one partner. Use a condom correctly every time you have sex. Limit your number of sexual partners. Get tested and treated f...
Where can I get my treatment for HIV?
You need to get a prescription from a medical doctor or a nurse clinician that is familiar with the management of HIV. All public sector clinics offer HIV t...
What is adherence?
To allow HIV treatment to work properly, it’s important that you take your HIV medication as prescribed. This is often called ‘adherence’, and it means taki...
Why is it important to adhere to ARV treatment?
Skipping HIV medicines allows HIV to multiply, which increases the risk of drug resistance and HIV treatment failure. Poor adherence to an HIV treatment reg...
What happens if you don't take your ARVs?
If you skip your HIV treatment, even now and then, you are giving HIV the chance to multiply rapidly. This could weaken your immune system, and you could be...