South African HIV/Aids activist Zackie Achmat got married to his co-campaigner boyfriend at a ceremony attended by hundreds of guests, newspapers reported on Sunday. Achmat (45), founder and chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the country's main Aids lobby, married Dalli Weyers on Saturday at a colourful occasion near Cape Town.
The controversial documentary Unauthorised: Thabo Mbeki will be screened on SABC3 next Wednesday, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) said. "We've got the tape, the final copy, and it will be shown on October 3 at 9.30pm," said spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago.
African nations are failing to control tuberculosis and could be overwhelmed by drug resistant strains of the infectious lung disease, with dire implications for the war on HIV/Aids, a leading Aids activist said on Monday. "The explosion of tuberculosis on the continent is combined with the explosion and advance of the HIV epidemic," said Zackie Achmat of the Treatment Action Campaign.
The supervisor of a major HIV vaccine trial in South Africa voiced "huge disappointment" on Saturday after testing was halted in the wake of poor results from sister trials in Australia and the United States. US pharmaceutical giant Merck announced on Friday that it had halted the trials of its V520 vaccine.