South African University Sets up ARV treatment clinic for its HIV positive students
London, July 7, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A South African university, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has proven to be contemporary by being the first Cape Town African university to offer antiretroviral treatment (ARV’s), to students with registered HIV status at their Bellville campus.
According to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology:
“The initiative speaks to the Department of Health’s National Strategic Plan for HIV/ Aids/ STI/ TB of treating infections among the youth. According to the 2016 statistics, South Africa has the highest prevalence of HIV/ Aids in the age group 15 to 49, which accounts for 17% of the population.”
The programme is called ART Clubs and is put in place to ensure that HIV positive students are cared for at a campus-level clinic.
A leading South African news website, The South African reports that the school also supported the programme with appropriate counseling made available at the campus.
What does this mean for CPUT students?
According to the Acting Head of Department: Student Health; Andries Slinger:
“The Student Health Clinic complies with the Statutory Regulations in terms of healthcare. They thus won’t miss out on class time due to waiting hours at off-site clinics, and adherence to the medication will thus improve.”
This service aims to change the outlook of HIV and AIDS. As well as enable the university to cultivate quality health-care treatment.
The programme will be made available across the other campuses in 2020.
In the meantime, registered students from all CPUT campuses are welcome to participate in this advanced structured support programme at the Bellville campus