Former cops steals life saving anti-HIV drugs

Tumelo waga Dibakwane Anti-retroviral are life-saving drugs used in HIV treatment, but a former policeman and his helper nabbed these from the Matsulu Clinic outside Mbombelo. Caleb Bonginkosi Hlatshwayo (33) and Thaphelo Sibusiso Magagula (38)  had ARV’s in their possession with a street value of almost R35 000 when police stopped them on their way to Kanyamazane for delivery. Hlatshwayo is a former cop, dismissed in 2018 for corruption and Magagula worked as an administration clerk at Matsulu Clinic. The two men had already appeared in court and are out…

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HIV patients in SA are dying because a medicine is not registered in country

In the time before HIV treatment, a crypto-coccal meningitis diagnosis was a death sentence for AIDS patients. Today, with access to anti-retrovirals and anti-fungal medicine, more patients are surviving – but not enough. It is still the second leading killer of people with HIV. A local screening programme is trying to plug the gap and catch the infection before it becomes deadly. But the gold-standard treatment, with the potential to save many more lives, is not registered in South Africa – or any African country. Crypto-coccal meningitis  is an infection…

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