South African Medical Journal

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Editor's Choice -CME: Adolescent health

JP van Niekerk


Hot off the press (released on 30 September) is the news that the World Health Organization has revised its HIV guidelines to recommend that anyone who tests positive for the virus should be treated immediately irrespective of CD4 count,[1] with the aim of averting 21 million AIDS deaths and preventing 28 million new infections by 2030. We shall have to wait to see whether our National Department of Health and Treasury decide that this can be afforded, given that South Africa (SA) is home to 5.51 million of the world’s population infected with HIV[2] (out of 37 million), accounting for a third of all HIV-related deaths annually.[2]
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