The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has become the first university in South Africa to roll out antiretroviral treatment on campus for students with HIV/Aids.
This will allow students to receive their ARVs from the Student Health Clinic Decanting Site at Bellville Campus instead of having to miss classes because of long queues in public health institutions.
According to IOL, the programme will be rolled out to CPUT's other campuses by next year. For now, students can make use of the shuttle service between campuses to access their ARVs.
All students who are registered will have access to the programme and will be provided with at least a two-month supply of ARVs. Counselling will also be made available to students. The university has stated that patients must be confirmed HIV positive through a number of tests.
The ARV treatment programme is subsidised by the Western Cape Department of Health.
Students can use the clinic service every day for any medical condition and the Decanting Site and ART Club will meet on a monthly basis for ARV treatment plans.
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