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Si gidle waar?Sgidleva

Zuzimpilo aims to reduce the risk of new HIV infection during the World Cup

May 2010

With the world cup about to start and rumours of insufficient condoms and importing of 40 000 sex workers, together with high volumes of alchohol likely to be consumed by fans, Zuzimpilo Medical Centre has developed an innovative and exciting campaign to distribute condoms, and safe sex information around the World Cup.

“Clearly we support that the ABC of HIV prevention. Our key message for people, particularly during the World Cup is to be responsible and use a condom every time they have sex ” says Dr Limakatso Lebina, Project Director of Zuzimpilo Medical Centre.

“We are however aware that even with reinforcing these messages, people are likely to still have risky sexual behaviour especially because of the mix of alcohol and sex which has been shown to result in risky sexual behavior. We provide a compreheinsiove HIV service at ZuziMpilo that includes post exposure prophylaxis PEP ” continues Lebina. We are calling this program Sgidelva which means Where did you sleep? in towship slang?

The packaging on the tins is catchy and the information is in a language that will appeal to people of all races and nationalities, including foreign visitors and the condoms are powered by Lovers Plus the biggest condom brand in South Africa.

Dr Neil Martinson’, the founder of ZuziMpilo says “Since it apperas that condom distribution may be restricted at stadia or within fan festival sites, our tins will be distributed at over 30 hotels across Johannesburg. Each time the room is made up a complementary Sgidleva condom can from ZuziMpilo will be put out.

Zuzimpilo Medical Centre offers affordable, high quality healthcare for people living with HIV who cannot pay current costs for private sector HIV and ARV care. It is a one stop facility that offers consultations by appointment, phlebotomy and a pharmacy on site.

Because male circumcision partially protects men against getting HIV, ZuziMpilo recently added circumcision for men over the age of 16yrs to its services and includes excellent pain control and a check up visit.

Zuzimpilo is situated in central Johannesburg, on the 2nd floor Ansteys Building, Cnr Joubert and Jeppe Streets. The clinic can be reached on 0860 467 456 orwww.zuzimpilo.co.za

For further information or interviews please contact Georgina Lefifi of Onyx Marketing Communication 011 315 6001 / 082 908 2555 /  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 



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10 ways to be successful on ARVs

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Antiretroviral therapy typically combines three or more antiretroviral drugs that work together to keep the HI Virus from multiplying. Although antiretroviral drugs improve health and delay death, they do not cure HIV/AIDS.

 

  1. Commit to drug taking: ART is lifelong treatment which needs to be taken correctly for it to be effective.
  2. Get to know your treatment: Ensure that you know and understand what medication you are on and how to take it.
  3. Choose a pill time: Get help from your healthcare provider to work out a medication schedule that will fit into your daily activities.
  4. Remember your medication: Make use of an alarm clock or cellphone to remind you when to take your medication.
  5. Get a pillbox: Keep a supply of your drugs with you wherever you go, so that you do not miss your pill time (it also helps to have a bottle of water with you).
  6. Get a treatment buddy: It helps to disclose to someone close to you, preferably someone who lives with you, who will be able to offer you support and to remind you to take your treatment.
  7. Missed doses: If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. But if it’s almost time for your next dose then you should wait and take the next dose. Do not take double doses.
  8. Stopping treatment: Do not stop treatment on your own, unless instructed to do so by your doctor.
  9. Be aware of side effects: Ensure that your health care provider has explained to you any possible side effects that you may experience. If you do experience any report them to your Health care provider as soon as possible.
  10. Monitoring and evaluation: Be sure to keep all scheduled appointments with your healthcare provider, especially in the first few months of taking treatment, so that the effect of the treatment can be monitored.

 

 

Name: Sarah
Female
Age: 34 years

This patient found out that she was HIV positive when she was 4 months pregnant. She struggled to tell her mom and her partner who also found out he was HIV positive. She gave birth to an HIV negative son. Her family supports her to take her ARVS every evening when Generations begin and she hasn’t looked back. In fact she often forgets she is HIV positive!

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Name: Disebo

Female
Age: 39 years

This ZuziMpilo Medical Centre patient thought she would die within three days of her AIDS diagnosis which she discovered after the birth of her son. Rather than tell her family the truth, she told her mom she had Cancer, but when she finally admitted to having AIDS, she was almost forced to leave home. Thankfully she began on ARVs. She says: “Seven year later I am still doing well on treatment and living a healthy life thanks to the drugs. Antiretroviral medication really works!”

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