This week the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) announced that starting next year, it will roll out antiretroviral treatment on all their campuses for students living with HIV/AIDS.
According to IOL News, students will receive their ARVs from the Students Health Clinic Decanting Site at the Bellville Campus, making the University the first in the country to initiate such a programme.
“The programme will be rolled out to all other CPUT campuses by 2020, but the university does have a good shuttle services between campuses, so affected students may use the shuttles to access their ARVs at Bellville campus,” said CPUT spokesperson, Lauren Kansley.
IOL News adds that this programme is designed so students do not miss class by standing in long queues at hospitals and clinics to get their medication.
Furthermore CPUT said that all students who are registered will have access to this programme and will be provided with at least a two month supply of ARVs to ensure they have access to the medication when on holiday or at home.
“All HIV-positive students under the treatment at Kasselsvlei Community Health Clinic in Bellville will be transferred to the CPUT ART Club, 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,” added acting head at CPUT student health department, Andries Slinger.
Slinger also explained that the ARV treatment programme is subsidised by the Western Cape Department of Health through the Tygerberg Substructure.