Beware of ARV, TB drugs side effects

WHEN a patient is commenced on ARVs one expects to get better. What happens when one’s immune system is compromised is that all infectious diseases find a fertile playground in his/her body.

Good nutrition keeps virus at bay

Catherine Murombedzi HIV Walk
“I suddenly fell very ill after delivering my son in 2005. I suspected I was HIV positive but did not have the guts to get tested. It was scary,...

Determination goes beyond HIV story

THE story of Dick Deveranyika is hard hitting. Dick does not feel sorry for himself, but would not like to see the same case repeating itself without him educating the nation.
Dick tested H...

When death adds insult to injury

Sometime last year, this column highlighted the plight of Ambuya Lucia Nyazuva of Mufakose, who looked after 10 orphaned grandchildren.
Ambuya Nyazuva was ill and aged over 75 years, but ha...

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Denial sure way to an early grave

Catherine Murombedzi HIV Walk
WITH the World Health Organisation’s theme of three zeros, zero Aids-related deaths, zero discrimination and zero new HIV infection, pe...

Change or perish

Behaviour change is key to stop the spread of HIV. Other programmes like the prevention from mother to child transmission, condom use, universal access and condom use are, in my view, complement...

Compliance: ARVs’ golden rule

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Charity had been on Anti Retroviral Therapy for the past five years. She had regained her weight and was no longer ill, as was the case years ...

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Why men shy away from clinics

In my many visits to one of the big referral hospitals in Zimbabwe, Harare Central Hospital, since 2009, I was surprised to find that very few men access ART as compared to women and children.
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Disclosure: A difficult road to traverse

DISCLOSURE is a process and some people have found it a difficult road to traverse after testing HIV positive. HIV, unlike other medical conditions, is treated with shame and disdain by society as it...

Silent victims of HIV/Aids scourge

It is common cause that there are some families that have been ravaged by the HIV epidemic. In the communities we live in, orphans and vulnerable child-headed families are a constant reminder of what...

Why it’s important to get tested

Were we to conduct a random survey and ask who knows his/her HIV status among the general populace we would receive many a baffling response. Some would argue that since they are fit and healthy the ...

The importance of PMTCT

Catherine Murombedzi HIV Walk
It's January 7and many people are watching their purses. For the Nzou family it is a time to celebrate.