With the launch of this website in August 2009, the dream of having an information portal for South Africans (and Southern Africans) containing relevant local HIV related news, updates, research and treatment options became a reality for Dr Gail Ashford.
HIV has such a different profile and portfolio here in Africa, compared to Europe and the US and it is high time that we are able to turn to a local website for quality information. Above all, this website maintains the focus on the individual person living with HIV or affected by HIV.
The main aim of this website is to educate individuals and provide them with accurate information about the disease, to debunk myths around the disease and to give hope and support to those infected and affected by it. Although there is no cure for this disease, with the help of ARV treatment, adherence and close, accurate monitoring, these individuals can live a normal and healthy life.
HIV/AIDS and red ribbons are synonymous with each other and have been for the last 20 years. Thus one would assume that HIV Counselling and Testing forms part of every South African's routine yearly medical check-up. This is unfortunately not the case.
Stats shows us that 70% of HIV and AIDS cases are to be found on the African continent (Economic Commission for Africa) with Sub-Saharan Africa being the epicentre as it accounts for two thirds of those living with HIV/Aids the world over, this despite Sub-Saharan African making up only 11% of the total of the world population.
At the practice our doctors endeavour to go the extra mile in patient care, focusing on each individual, tailor making treatment plans that can effectively be implemented within a patients lifestyle. We are pro-choice and maintain this throughout our dealings with patients. The key values of patient care includes respect, confidentiality and dignity.
We have a message of hope and we would like to share that with everyone.