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Cartoon: ARVs stop the production of virus and restore the immune system

Authors: Tulio de Oliveira and Richard Lessells

This series of presentations used cartoons that portray antiretroviral (ARVs) as a jar that keep HIV from killing CD4 cells. The presentation shows that ARVs do not get rid of HIV from the body ? they stop the production of virus. If the HIV is not controlled then the virus will multiply and our immune system will get weaker. It shows that the body has an immune system that helps to prevent infection in the same way a house protects us from rain and cold and that people should not wait until they feel sick to get HIV testing & CD4 count.

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BioAfrica and SATuRN use art to present scientific facts. We are involved in many community engagement activities. Over the last years we have presented on eight occasions to the community around Africa Centre. The presentations are focused on the origin of HIV, the causes and consequences of drug resistance development and how to successfully manage HIV and TB treatment.

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Scientific Community Engagement Activities in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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Photo: Photographic Workshop with Zwelethu Mthethwa
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
From Joshua Machao, date: 2012-04-14

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Art and science links to:

Wellcome Trust Collection - Art of Global Health project

Pediatrician in Swaziland Blog and Website

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