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We need your help urgently!

Her child was born healthy and was not infected with HIV at birth because she is in our AIDS treatment program and her viral load is "undetectable".

We urgently need your help!

AIDS is no longer a life-shortening disease if and as long as the patient is taking his antiretroviral medication steadily and regularly. It usually takes about eight weeks after the start of treatment, that the AIDS patients feel significantly better and about half a year until their viral load falls below the detection limit (<50 virus copies per mm³) and thus they are no longer contagious. So far, we have been able to ensure this si­mul­tane­ous­­­ly for up to 736 patients through our AIDS treatment program (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy = HAART).

 

The local Department of Health has provided us with free medication in recent years. It was totally unexpected that today we had to learn that the government is having delivery problems and therefore cannot promise us right now that we can always get the medicines we need for our patients to survive on time and in full in the near future. After an emergency meeting, today we decided to guarantee the provision of treatment to our patients and temporarily buy the medicines ourselves until the Department can deliver again. In addition, we want to create a cushion, so to speak. In other words, we want to create a supply of at least one month's supply (better three months) so that we are better prepared for similar emergencies in the future.

Now we ask you as warmly as urgently for a generous donation,
which will allow us to purchase the medication.

We calculated one day what the AIDS treatment in our program costs on average, and it came to just under

fifty Rand
330.00 Rand
1,500.00 Rand
17,000.00 Rand

three Euros
21.00 Euros
93.00 Euros
1,095.00 Euros

four US-Dollars
25.00 US-Dollars
110.00 US-Dollars
1,300.00 US-Dollars

per patient per day
per week
per month
per year.

Your donation will help us and the patients entrusted into our care a lot!
Thank you for your help!

Yours sincerely
Father Gérard

KwaZulu Natal has made remarkable progress in expanding access to antiretroviral treatment as well as in reducing new HIV infections. From 2011 to the beginning of 2013 more than 300 000 men have undergone medical male circumcision decreasing their risk of HIV infection. Although it remains high, the overall HIV prevalence among 15-24 years old dropped from 31% in 2009 to 25.5% in 2011.

(http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/featurestories/2013/june/20130604kznpremier/)

AiDS has many faces - but only one response: CARE!

AiDS has many faces - but only one response: CARE!

CARE to go for voluntary testing and counselling!

If you are HIV negative

CARE not to get infected!
CARE not to discriminate against HIV positive people!
CARE to get information and updates about HIV/AIDS!

If you are HIV positive

CARE not to get re-infected!
CARE to live positively with HIV/AIDS!
CARE to live a healthy lifestyle!
CARE not to infect others!
CARE to get treatment!

in any case:

CARE for people living with HIV/AIDS with friendship, compassion and respect!

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