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Gauteng health dept confirms low supply of HIV treatment drug

But the health department's Steve Mabona insists there is no crisis.

Candles form a red ribbon during World Aids Day. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Health Department has confirmed that there is a low supply of the HIV treatment drug, lamivudine.

The department says the drug is available in a 150 gram dosage, instead of the usual 300 grams.

This comes after the Treatment Action Campaign said it was investigating reports of a shortage at Gauteng health facilities.

However, health department spokesperson Steve Mabona says there is no crisis.

"It's a matter of low supply, but we are making sure that we rectify the issue."