Less than Half of Infected People Know their Status

The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) say that although 65 percent of South Africans reportedly have been tested for HIV at least once, annual testing figures are much lower.

While less than a third of South Africa’s 35 million sexually active people get tested for HIV annually, according to health department figures, SANAC says that the country has among the ‘highest population-level HIV testing in the world’.

Angolan Women Urged to Take HIV/AIDS Test

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Angola has called on pregnant women to adhere to voluntary testing of HIV/AIDS in order to reduce the epidemic by 90 percent by 2015.

Speaking to ANGOP, UNAIDS director, Sihaka Tsemo, pointed out that pregnant women should try to know as early as possible about their HIV status in order to begin treatment immediately and therefore protect their children from the virus.

Soccer Players Kick Out HIV

Soccer players in Swaziland are not just kicking the ball, they are playing to kick out the HIV epidemic.

The Knock Out Challenge is a soccer tournament organised by the Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society (BSRCS) to help combat HIV in Swaziland, which has the highest rate of the deadly epidemic in the world.

26.5 percent of Swaziland’s population is living with HIV/AIDS, the stigma of living with HIV often results in citizens not getting tested for HIV/AIDS, for fear of being socially ostracised by their communities.

Women Shun Clinic Over HIV Tests

Pregnant women have spoken out about nurses forcing them to undergo testing without their informed consent.

According to a new report by Amnesty International, many pregnant women fear going to state antenatal clinics because they believe they will be forced to test for HIV and that their status will not be kept private.

The organisation states that delays in seeking antenatal care are responsible for a quarter of avoidable maternal deaths in South Africa, adding that, “These fears are not unfounded.”

SADC to Push for Universal HIV Testing

Several leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), speaking at the organisation's summit in Lilongwe, called on member states to adopt the principle of universal testing for HIV, rather than leaving it up to each citizen to decide whether to take an HIV test or not.

Among those who called for universal testing were the Presidents of Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Robert Mugabe and Joseph Kabila, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

NGO to Sensitise, Test Pupils for HIV

AIDS Healthcare Foundation, in partnership with other stakeholders, has embarked on a project to sensitise and test pupils for HIV in various secondary schools in Zambia.

Preventive programme coordinator, Ntula Simwinga, points out that his organisation is working in conjunction with the ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education and the ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health.

The organisation hosted the ‘Love Life? Ziba HIV’ Schools Health festival on 2 June 2013 where more than 500 pupils and teachers tested for HIV.

GP Goes Big With HIV Tests

The Gauteng Health Department aims to test three million people for HIV and to put almost one million people on to treatment in the new financial year.

As provinces action to align themselves with the implementation of the new National Strategic Plan for HIV and AIDS came into effect this week, Gauteng will intensify efforts to test more people for HIV infection.

The province states that it will continue with the health counselling and testing campaign that was launched in 2010 and the main focus of which is to test people for HIV and TB.

Govt Taking HIV Fight to the Farms

Limpopo Health and Social Development MEC, Dikeledi Magadzi, says she is committed to intensifying the war on HIV and AIDS on farms in the province.

The fight against the disease was in the spotlight since Magadzi was expected to be joined by Deputy Minister of Health, Gwen Ramokgopa, to extend the HIV counselling and testing campaign to farming communities over the weekend.

The two were expected to visit ZZ2 farms near Mooketsi to talk to farmworkers about the importance of knowing their status.

Motlanthe Urges Men to Test for HIV

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has urged more South African men to get tested for HIV and AIDS.

Speaking during the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) plenary session held in Bloemfontein, Motlanthe pointed out that government’s massive HIV-AIDS counselling campaign indicate that fewer men have tested compared with the number of women.

He said there are still important sectors such as religious and private that need to demonstrate visible leadership in testing for HIV.

Compulsory HIV Testing Claims Investigated

The Department of Health is investigating the compulsory HIV tests at state clinics.

The investigations follow the Times newspaper report two weeks ago that staff at Ikhutseng Community Clinic, in Klipgat village, North West, refused to treat patients unless they submitted to an HIV test.

Department spokesperson, Fidel Hadebe, admitted that the practice was widespread. Hadebe based his opinion on contact with colleagues who confirmed the prevalence of the practice in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West.


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