A SUCCESSFUL START TO THE ME1st CAMPAIGN
- Me1st CAMPAIGN CONTINUES INTO THE NEW YEAR
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About Right to Care
Right to Care is a non-profit organisation that supports and delivers prevention, care, and treatment services for HIV, TB and other infectious diseases. Through technical assistance, Right to Care supports the private sector, the Department of Health and the Department of Correctional Services. In addition, through direct service delivery, Right to Care treats patients for HIV, TB and sexually transmitted infections. Right to Care International works in countries outside of South Africa, primarily Lesotho, Malawi, Myanmar, Ukraine and Zambia, through EQUIP consortium to provide a broad range of health care interventions..
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The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the immune system, our body’s natural defence against illness. If HIV is left untreated, a person’s immune system will get weaker and weaker until it can no longer fight off infections which are often life-threatening.
Men who have sex with other men (MSM) are men who just do that regardless of whether or not they also have sex with women, are straight or are gay or bisexual or identify in other ways. Sex can be defined in many different ways from emotional, physical, penetrative and non-penetrative sexual acts.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are infections that are passed on during unprotected sex with an infected partner. This includes vaginal, anal or oral sex. Common STIs include Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia, Genital Herpes Genital Warts, Syphilis and Hepatitis B and C. A person may not have any obvious symptoms if they have an STI. The correct use of a condom during sex dramatically decreases the risk of STI transmission.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) involves people taking HIV antiretroviral drugs when they are at risk of exposure to HIV in order to prevent infection. PrEP is two HIV medications combined into one pill. PrEP is highly effective in preventing sexual transmission of HIV.
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a way to prevent HIV infection after a recent possible exposure to HIV. PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started immediately – no later than 72 hours – after a recent possible exposure to HIV.