HIV news



SAHCS announcement

  • 22 Feb 2024

We are excited to introduce the new President of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society (SAHCS), Dr Ndiviwe Mphothulo.

Maternal and Child Health Care flyer

Section 27

  • 05 Jul 2023

Contains the contact details of a number of organisations that could provide support to clients who have been denied access to health care

Rapid-access project to fast-track the publication of articles/research material/studies/basic science papers that deal with the African HIV and COVID19 epidemics

  • 18 May 2020

Call for Articles dealing with COVID19 and HIV: The Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine (SAJHIVMED) and the Southern African HIV Clinicians’ Society (SAHCS) wish to inform you of our rapid-access project to fast-track the publication of articles/research material/studies/basic science papers that deal with the African HIV and COVID19 epidemics. SAHCS and SAJHIVMED are collaborating with AOSIS, our publishers, to facilitate the rapid publication of COVID19/HIV material. We are aware that fellow scientists will wish to get their manuscripts into an internationally accredited journal as quickly as possible. The SAJHIVMED has international accreditation. Manuscripts will be reviewed by senior academics nationally and internationally, and channelled into a fast-track editorial-unit. The process will be directed by myself and my colleagues in AOSIS. Dr David Spencer (Editor-in-Chief)

Government Notices

Department of Health

  • 08 Apr 2020


Position statement of SAHCS on service delivery to TB patients (drug-susceptible and drug-resistant) during the COVID-19 pandemic

Contributors: T Boyles, F Conradie, V Cox, A Grimsrud, J Hughes, J Nel, A Reuter, L Wilkinson

  • 28 Mar 2020

To support TB patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical both to patients and the healthcare system to minimise visits to health facilities. This document outlines key adaptations to the TB care service delivery that should be considered to reduce health facility visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance prioritises how to provide uninterrupted TB treatment in resource constrained health systems with a high burden of TB. In addition to outlining recommended service delivery approaches for drug-susceptible (DS-TB) and drug-resistant TB (DR-TB) patients, guidance on additional areas (including patient support, contact tracing, provision of the influenza vaccine, differentiating TB from COVID-19 and telephonic monitoring) is provided.


  • 11 Mar 2020

Recommendations from the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society (SAHCS) for COVID-19


Guy Thwaites and Payam Nahid

  • 05 Mar 2020

Triumph and Tragedy of 21st Century Tuberculosis Drug Development. Published in The new England Journal of Medicine.

UNAIDS data 2019

  • 21 Jul 2019

This edition of UNAIDS data shows the results of some of the successes, but also the challenges that remain. It contains the very latest data on the world’s response to HIV, consolidating a small part of the huge volume of data collected, analysed and refined by UNAIDS over the years. The full data set of information for 1990 to 2018 is available on

Interim guidance

  • 18 Jul 2019

Interim guidance while abacavir/lamivudine, abacavir singles, lamivudine singles and abacavir/zidovudine (2nd Line) are out of stock updated 18.07.2019

Section 21 Reporting from Provinces


  • 13 Nov 2018

Please click on the link to download the template for patients on treatment and distribution of medicines. This document needs to be submitted to NDoH on a monthly basis by provinces in terms of usage of items obtained using bulk Section 21. Each province is required to collate different facility reports and submit their consolidated report every month.

Interim guidance

  • 11 Oct 2018

Interim guidance while abacavir/lamivudine, abacavir singles and lamivudine singles (2nd Line) are out of stock

Stockouts advice - AZT/3TC

  • 20 Sep 2018

Interim guidance while abacavir/lamivudine, abacavir singles and lamivudine singles are out of stock

Statement by AfroCAB

  • 17 Jul 2018

Statement by the African Community Advisory Board (AfroCAB) on Dolutegravir and neural tube defects in women living with HIV of child bearing age.

Optimising ART - July 2018

Wits RHI

  • 10 Jul 2018

Monthly update shared with all members involved in projects aimed at optimising ART.

Optimising ART - June 2018

Wits RHI

  • 13 Jun 2018

Monthly update shared with all members involved in projects aimed at optimising ART.


  • 10 May 2018

North-West Province: A health system on its knees


  • 29 Mar 2018

The Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine accepted onto PubMed Central®


  • 15 Mar 2018

Statement on 5-FC for cryptococcal meningitis.

HIV Self-Screening

  • 31 Dec 2017

What it is and how to integrate it into HIV Testing Services

South African HIV-patients with Low Level Viremia are at Risk for therapy Failure.

  • 20 Nov 2017

In a large South African cohort study, a team of researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa), the Ndlovu Research Consortium (Groblersdal, Limpopo, SA), the National Health Laboratory Service (SA), the University of California San Diego (USA), and the University Medical Center Utrecht (The Netherlands) found that low level viremia in treated HIV-patients is an important risk factor for treatment failure.

Application form for third-line antiretroviral therapy - updated

National Department of Health

  • 13 Oct 2017

Please find attached the application form that is required to be completed for access to Third Line Antiretroviral Therapy. Please complete the form using the following steps: • Download: Please download the PDF document. • Open: Open the PDF document using Adobe Reader. Ensure you have the latest version of the form may not work properly. • Fill: This is an editable PDF, and the minimum required fields will be highlighted. Please click on each field and enter the required patient information. Please do not print out the document to complete by hand. • Save: Once you have completed the document please save it to your computer by clicking the icon on the top left of the screen. Save it using the patient name and surname as a unique identifier. • Submit: Close Adobe and attach the completed and renamed application form to an email and submit it to the following email address:

Application form for third-line antiretroviral therapy

National Department of Health

  • 11 Jul 2017

This TLART application form has been formatted to allow the data to be electronically extracted. The fields must be inputted electronically. There is no need for electronic signatures and the form to be 'closed' - this actually blocks the electronic extraction. You will note some fields are outlined in red. This however does not block the user from sending if they are not completed, but prompts you to fill in the minimum requirements.

National reflex CrAg screening in SA


  • 09 Dec 2016

From 1 October 2016, labs across South Africa have “switched on” reflex CrAg screening. We expect to screen 250,000 people with CD4<100 per year across SA. This should improve early case detection. This is a significant milestone after many years of advocacy. Here’s a link to an online article targeted at the general public:

Media release

National Department of Health, National Health Laboratory Service, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Right to Care

  • 23 Nov 2016

Groundbreaking data system set to accelerate HIV/Aids elimination in South Africa

90-90-90 Compendium

Health Systems Trust

  • 15 Nov 2016

This first volume of the 90-90-90 Compendium is targeted at a wide range of readers in South Africa, including community members and/ or politicians with no medical background. It is designed to assist all health sector role-players in understanding the context of the 90-90-90 strategy, as developed by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and then the process for achieving the strategy’s targets.

NDoH Circular: Test and Treat

  • 06 Sep 2016

Implementation of the universal Test and Treat strategy for HIV positive patients and differentiated care for stable patients

Evidence to Action IAS 2016 Satellite Session Programme

  • 15 Jul 2016

The session is hosted by the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER) in the School of Public Health & Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town; Anova Health Institute; the International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS network - Southern Africa (IeDEA-SA); ICAP at Columbia University; and the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society.

2nd EMBO Workshop on AIDS-related mycoses

  • 15 Jun 2016

This workshop on 13-15 July 2016 will be held at UCT and is ideal for anyone with a research, laboratory or clinical interest in fungal pathogens in HIV infected individuals.

DoH National Policy on PrEP

  • 09 Jun 2016

The 2016 "National Policy on HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Test and Treat (T&T)" has been released by the SA National Department of Health

DoH PrEP guidelines for sex workers

  • 09 Jun 2016

The 2016 "Guidelines for Expanding Combination Prevention and Treatment Options for Sex Workers: Oral Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Test and Treat (T&T)" have been released by the SA National Department of Health.

Corrigendum: 2015 Society PEP Guidelines

  • 03 Mar 2016

This document is a corrigendum to our "Guideline on the management of occupational and non-occupational exposure to the human immunodeficiency virus and recommendations for post-exposure prophylaxis: 2015 Update".

Board Nomination form

  • 19 Feb 2016

This document contains all the information and the nomination form pertaining to the Society's 2016 board elections.