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SAfrica AIDS Activists to Take Government to Court


World  (tags: AIDS, activists, South African Governemnt, fear, panic, court, politics, HumanRights, ethics, government, law, rights, world )

Barbara
- 4234 days ago - reuters.com
South African AIDS activists said on Wednesday they planned to take the government to court again over its HIV strategy and said the sacking of a respected deputy health minister had caused "panic and fear". ...



   

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Past Member (0)
Friday August 17, 2007, 3:56 am
Thank you for posting this, Barb.
One can only hope they will win their case. They are desperately trying to prevent transmission of HIV from mothers to children, but Mbeki's recent firing of deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge has been a major setback to their cause.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 17, 2007, 7:25 am
I can only second that ..thank you Barb- outspoken ids Activists we have to hold on to each other and speak out loud and clear or else
 

Judy Cross (83)
Friday August 17, 2007, 9:19 am
For the truth about HIV see http://www.aliveandwell.org/
Alive & Well will present a cash award of $25,000 to the first person to locate a study that provides us with missing evidence about the accuracy of HIV tests, and in celebration of this important finding, will donate an additional $25,000 to Heifer International, a unique charity working to end hunger in the developing world using a holistic approach to building sustainable communities.
 

David Cromie (6)
Saturday August 18, 2007, 6:13 pm
It is difficult to fathom the stubborn stance of Mbeki vis-a-vis the treatment of HIV/AIDS, when there is now sufficient evidence that there ARE reasonably effective, life prolonging, drugs available. As for the accuracy of tests, there are no guaranteed 100% accurate medical tests for ANY disease, but the symptoms usually speak for themselves, especially in the case of HIV/AIDS. This fact alone gives us a true measure of the % accuracy af the test in question, when it has been carried out in the early stages of the onset of a disease. It should be noted that since HIV is an immune suppressant condition, a variety of opportunistic infections usually accompany the condition, such as pneumonia, or Kaposi's Sarcoma. This latter condition, for example, was more common in parts of Africa than in Western countries, but with the advent of HIV /AIDS has become increasingly prevalent. Since this is a syndrome, not every case will exhibit the same symptomatic indicators. Thus in the very early stages (up to 3 months), a HIV test may be negative, and can be followed by a quiescent period lasting for up tp 10 years, but the immune destruction is ongoing at this time. That is why early diagnosis is vital, if the infection is to be treated with a chance of success. Doctors thus need to be properly trained to recognise the usual cluster of opportunistic aliments which can attend the early onset stage. So, save your money Judy, and donate it the nearest HIV/AIDS charity!!
 
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