World Aids Day – 1 December

 World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It is a day when people from all around the world unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and mourn those who have died from AIDS-related illness.

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. If HIV is not treated, it can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). There is currently no effective cure, however, strict adherence to antiretroviral regimens (ARVs) can dramatically slow the disease’s progress as well as prevent secondary infections and complications. 

Joining in the struggle with the rest of the world, South Africa has been relentless in its mission to turn the HIV, AIDS, and TB epidemics around. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with HIV infection prevents many citizens from getting tested and seeking treatment. Getting tested is the only way to find out if you have HIV. If you are living with HIV, starting treatment early means you can live a full, healthy and productive life.

Fear of financial costs and whether medical aim schemes will assist you should not hinder your endeavours to lead a safe and healthy life. The law requires all medical schemes to provide benefits that cover HIV/Aids under the prescribed minimum benefits (PMBs). Therefore, it does not matter what type of medical plan you are on because the diagnosis, treatment and management of HIV/Aids will be covered. Additional costs could apply if a member opts to use a non-designated service provider.

Furthermore, there are medical aid schemes that offer disease management programmes at no additional cost. These programmes are implemented to help members live a long and healthy life by receiving access to a network of specialised HIV/Aids health care professionals, medications such as anti-retroviral and support via monitoring programmes and helplines.

Our trained brokers at Glopin Healthcare Consultants respect your right to privacy and will guide you on the best process to get a medical aid that supports your healthcare needs.