By Dr Marion Morkel, 12 December 2017
December is World Aids Month and an apt time to celebrate innovations that allow HIV/Aids positive individuals to live a long and fulfilling life. While 19% of the global population living with HIV (the largest HIV epidemic in the world) resides in South Africa, the country is also home to the globe’s biggest treatment programme, putting us at the forefront of global advancements.
Dr Marion Morkel, Chief Medical Officer at Sanlam, says that we’re closer to a cure for HIV than ever before. “With innovations like Crispr/Cas9 gene editing that allow scientists to successfully ‘clip’ away the virus from cell DNA in mice, a world without Aids may soon be in sight,” says Morkel.
She adds that the world has collectively been working together to not only find a cure for HIV/Aids, but also to ensure that people living with the virus have as normal and fulfilling a life as possible.
Below are some of the pivotal advancements helping HIV/Aids positive people to live normal lives:
Dr Morkel says, “Healthy mind, healthy body. The key to remaining healthy and in control of any chronic illness is a committed and positive outlook. In a more optimistic environment with support rather than stigmas, access to treatment, and plenty of technological tools to foster greater control over the condition, people with HIV/ Aids can live a long and rich life.”