What factors contribute to young people / adolescents on Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Treatment (HAART) failing treatment? Quite a number of factors really, such as, lack of knowledge about the advantages of taking treatment, or the lack of knowledge about the length of time one is required to be on treatment

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Video: Social Worker perspective: Adolescents on Antiretroviral (ARV) therapy

Authors: Pretty Nkosi, Nokuthula Skhosana, Lungani Ndwandwe and Tulio de Oliveira

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'More information was needed about HIV drug resistance, and to let the participants know that ART is a life-long commitment', these words were expressed by Pretty Nkosi and Nokuthula Skhosana, the ART social workers from Africa Centre and the main organizers of the workshop. They continued to say; '...having a sort of group setting with group discussions by teenagers sharing and facing more or less similar challenges, gives them (adolescents) an assurance that they are not alone in their circumstance and that they have support'. The 4 day programme of the workshop was designed to cater to the audience through infotainment sessions.

The sessions ranged from self-reflecting exercises, where teenagers were required to do introspective exercises by looking in the mirror and expressing their feelings through group discussions; to an informative but fun session about ARVs, amasotsha (CD4) and HIV drug resistance by Dr Tulio de Oliviera (Africa Centre/SATuRN). Also included in the programme was an HIV activist, who had lived with HIV for more than 10 years, telling his story about his life with HIV. This reaffirming story confirming the fact that HIV is not a death sentence anymore and that one can live a long and a healthy life.


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From Astrid Treffry-Goatley, date: 2012-06-02

Cartoon: HIV as a lion, CD4 as soldiers and ARVs make the soldiers stronger! (translated to Zulu)
From Tulio de Oliveira, date: 2012-05-01

Poetry: Toward A SATuRN Hope
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Wellcome Trust Collection - Art of Global Health project

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