n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - What have we learnt from the last ten years of ART? : reflections

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



The state programme giving free antiretrovirals (ARVs) started on 1 April 2004 in several large centres across South Africa. For many of us, it seemed unimaginable, after years of running HIV battles with President Thabo Mbeki and his odious Minister of Health, 'Manto' Tshabalala-Msimang, on everything from the cause of HIV to the efficacy of ARVs. A decade later, the state programme is the biggest in the world, with millions of lives saved and families returned back to normal life.

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