The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has made history after becoming the first university in the country to roll out antiretroviral treatment on campus for students with HIV/Aids.
“The programme will be rolled out to all other CPUT campuses by 2020,” said CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley.
“The programme will be rolled out to all other CPUT campuses by 2020, but the university does have a good shuttle service between campuses, so affected students may use the shuttles to access their ARVs at the Bellville campus.”
Student will collect the treatment at the Health Clinic Decanting Site at Bellville Campus.
Acting head at the CPUT Student Health Department Andries Slinger said: “Counselling will also be made available to students, as this is an integral part of HIV/Aids management with regards to acceptance of their condition, de-stigmatisation and addressing possible discrimination.
“All HIV-positive students under treatment at Kasselsvlei Community Health Clinic in Bellville will be transferred to the CPUT ART Club.
“Students may access the clinic service on a daily basis for any medical ailment or condition and the Decanting Site and ART Club will meet on a monthly basis where matters related to their treatment will be discussed.”
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