Cartoon: ARVs stop the production of virus and restore the immune system

Authors: Tulio de Oliveira and Richard Lessells


This series of presentations used cartoons that portray antiretroviral (ARVs) as a jar that keep HIV from killing CD4 cells. The presentation shows that ARVs do not get rid of HIV from the body ? they stop the production of virus. If the HIV is not controlled then the virus will multiply and our immune system will get weaker. It shows that the body has an immune system that helps to prevent infection in the same way a house protects us from rain and cold and that people should not wait until they feel sick to get HIV testing & CD4 count.

Others Art & Science Posts

Photo: Photographic Workshop with Zwelethu Mthethwa

From Astrid Treffry-Goatley, date: 2012-06-02

Poetry: Toward A SATuRN Hope

From Joshua Machao, date: 2012-04-14

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KRISP has been created by the coordinated effort of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the South African Medical Research Countil (SAMRC).


Location: K-RITH Tower Building
Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN
719 Umbilo Road, Durban, South Africa.
Director: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira