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SOUTH AFRICA: South African government rolls out single dose anti-AIDs drug

The South African government has rolled out a single dose anti-AIDs drug that is aimed at simplifying the treatment regime for people living with the HIV virus in the country. The tablet known as Atroiza is a three-in-one combination antiretroviral (ARV) and was unveiled two weeks ago at Phedisong Clinic in Pretoria. Patients ordinarily took four tablets a day. AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which is transmitted through bodily fluids from an infected person. The condit...

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SIGN READING: "PHEDISONG CLINIC" EXTERIOR OF CLINIC PATIENTS INSIDE CLINIC CATHERINE CHIMUKA, HIV/AIDS PROJECT MANAGER AT CLINIC SPEAKING TO A PATIENT CHIMUKA HOLDING ATROIZA, THE ONE A DAY PILL FOR AIDS PATIENTS ATROIZA ON THE TABLE POSTER READING: "ONE ARV PILL A DAY" (SOUNDBITE) (English) CATHERINE CHIMUKA, HIV/AIDS PROJECT MANAGER, PHEDISONG CLINIC SAYING: "Instead of taking a bulk of treatment, you know the patients will only take seven, if she is going to spend seven days in London, she will only take seven tablets along and this is going to reduce a lot of stigma attached to this, the other thing that will reduce stigma is education, you have to educate the community about accepting those who are infected with HIV unconditionally."...

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SIGN READING: "PHEDISONG CLINIC" EXTERIOR OF CLINIC PATIENTS INSIDE CLINIC CATHERINE CHIMUKA, HIV/AIDS PROJECT MANAGER AT CLINIC SPEAKING TO A PATIENT CHIMUKA HOLDING ATROIZA, THE ONE A DAY PILL FOR AIDS PATIENTS ATROIZA ON THE TABLE POSTER READING: "ONE ARV PILL A DAY" (SOUNDBITE) (English) CATHERINE CHIMUKA, HIV/AIDS PROJECT MANAGER, PHEDISONG CLINIC SAYING: "Instead of taking a bulk of treatment, you know the patients will only take seven, if she is going to spend seven days in London, she will only take seven tablets along and this is going to reduce a lot of stigma attached to this, the other thing that will reduce stigma is education, you have to educate the community about accepting those who are infected with HIV unconditionally."

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (RECENT) (REUTERS) ATROIZA PILLS (SOUNDBITE) (English) DOCTOR DIMAKATSO BOIKHUTSO, PHEDISONG CLINIC SAYING: "The main aim of this FDC (Fixed Drug Combination) drug is to improve adherence, reduce the toxicity of the drugs and also to improve the clinical outcome." ANDREW MUSANI HIV/AIDS ACTIVIST WALKING ON THE OFFICE CORRIDOR VARIOUS OF SIGN READING: "FUND AIDS NOT WAR" VARIOUS OF ANDREW MUSANI HIV/AIDS ACTIVIST WORKING ON HIS DESK (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDREW MUSANI, HIV/AIDS ACTIVIST SAYING: "It's a good drug, we welcomed it nationally at TAC (Treatment Action Campaign), we applauded the minister and we thanked him for this drug but still we need an alternative drug for this, because this drug contains ternofovil, there are people and patients out there who will not be able to take it due to renal failure or kidney failure, so those who have kidney problems will not be able to take it" VARIOUS OF STREET SCENES...

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA (RECENT) (REUTERS) ATROIZA PILLS (SOUNDBITE) (English) DOCTOR DIMAKATSO BOIKHUTSO, PHEDISONG CLINIC SAYING: "The main aim of this FDC (Fixed Drug Combination) drug is to improve adherence, reduce the toxicity of the drugs and also to improve the clinical outcome." ANDREW MUSANI HIV/AIDS ACTIVIST WALKING ON THE OFFICE CORRIDOR VARIOUS OF SIGN READING: "FUND AIDS NOT WAR" VARIOUS OF ANDREW MUSANI HIV/AIDS ACTIVIST WORKING ON HIS DESK (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDREW MUSANI, HIV/AIDS ACTIVIST SAYING: "It's a good drug, we welcomed it nationally at TAC (Treatment Action Campaign), we applauded the minister and we thanked him for this drug but still we need an alternative drug for this, because this drug contains ternofovil, there are people and patients out there who will not be able to take it due to renal failure or kidney failure, so those who have kidney problems will not be able to take it" VARIOUS OF STREET SCENES