Can HIV be prevented by taking pills? Prof Linda-Gail Bekker explains

Can HIV be prevented by taking pills? Prof Linda-Gail Bekker explains
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World AIDS Day is observed on the 1 December every year since 1988 and is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.

The theme of World AIDS Day 2021 is “End inequalities. End AIDS and End Pandemics”.

Africa is joined by Prof Linda-Gail Bekker to talk about what people need to know about the free HIV prevention pill available at various hospitals and clinics across the country.

How far are we with an HIV prevention pill, asks Africa?

The good news is that the first generation using two antiretroviral agents in one pill is available.

Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, Deputy director – UCT-based Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation

What we are trying to do now in South Africa is make that fact well known so that people actually take up the offer.

Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, Deputy director – UCT-based Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation

Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, the National Department of Health had been undertaking the scaling up of the preventative medication called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) she explains.

But unfortunately, Covid impacted those plans.

Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, Deputy director – UCT-based Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation

Moving into 2022, she believes it is vital that there is increased awareness and demand for PrEP.

People need to be made aware that there is this wonderful prevention opportunity and people can take it up by going to their local clinic.

Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, Deputy director – UCT-based Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation

Can HIV be prevented by taking pills? Prof Linda-Gail Bekker explains
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