[Bhekisisa presents] #HerChoice: Contraception in the new era of HIV treatment

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Is South Africa ready for the next big thing in HIV treatment? (Brodie Visser, Burst)
Is South Africa ready for the next big thing in HIV treatment? (Brodie Visser, Burst)

Unlocking this ARV’s full potential depends on women. And choice. Are we ready?


In January, South Africa will introduce a new blockbuster HIV drug. The move will put the country in line with the international gold standard in treatment. But the new medication also comes with lingering concerns about possible weight gain and a small and as yet unconfirmed risk of birth defects

Making sure women get all the benefits of the new drug without any of the risks, relies on the country’s ability to give them real choices about the drug and contraceptive options.  

Can we pull it off? Join the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism in conversation with women, activists and policymakers this World Aids Day.

The panel will be moderated by Mia Malan, executive director and editor-in-chief of Bhekisisa.

Panellists include:

  • Yogan Pillay, deputy director-general South African National Department of Health 
  • Michelle Moorhouse, head, Treatment Strategies, Ezintsha
  • Yvette Raphael, programme manager, Advocates for the Prevention of HIV in Africa
  • Kanyisa Booi, project liaison, #SRHFYI Campaign, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers

Time: 9am — 12pm
Date: 26 November
Venue: Hyatt Regency, Rosebank

RSVP to [email protected] by 15 November to secure your seat.

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For queries, contact our engagement officer Roxy de Villiers on [email protected]

The event will also be live-streamed on our Facebook page @Bhekisisa.Health. If you prefer Twitter, we will be live-tweeting @Bhekisisa_MG updates using #HerChoice.