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Our HIV reporting of the past decade

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A large chunk of our reporting focuses on HIV. Since the launch of Bhekisisa in 2013, we’ve covered HIV in-depth — from the impact of the virus on former president Nelson Mandela’s family to the advances in antiretroviral treatment and anti-HIV pills and injections. We’ve also looked at the impact of inequality and discrimination on the spread of HIV, the link between gender-based violence and HIV — and ways to fix it.

HomeSpecial ReportsOur HIV reporting of the past decadeHow taking ARVs daily stops those with HIV from transmitting the virus

How taking ARVs daily stops those with HIV from transmitting the virus

  • Over the years ARVs have changed HIV from a death sentence to a chronic disease, but only if you take your daily dose. And that’s not always easy.
  • Nurse Mapaseka Mabena knows this first-hand because she’s spent the last decade motivating people with the virus to start and stay on meds for life.
  • She teaches them that ARVs help the body fight the virus and that when tests can’t find HIV in their blood, it can’t be spread to others.
  • How does this concept, called U=U, work? Our Health Beat team visited The Aurum Institute’s POP INN clinic in Kempton Park to find out.

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Mohale Moloi worked at Bhekisisa as a television producer and health journalist from July 2021 to March 2024.

Yolanda Mdzeke is a multimedia reporter at Bhekisisa.