World Aids Day – Call to action

May 17, 2018 | News

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Six million people in South Africa are living with HIV. Of these, a third, or two million people, receive antiretroviral medicines. If they take their pills regularly, most will live out their lives and enjoy growing old. But our problems are far from over. Last year 370 000 people were newly infected with HIV and 240 000 died from AIDS.
We have a lot to do. To fulfil the goals of the National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB (2012-2016) the number of people on antiretroviral treatment must be doubled by 2016.

Every person deserves to know his or her HIV status. Those who test positive need access to care and treatment. Those who test negative must practice safe sex to maintain this status.
Medical male circumcision, one of the most effective ways to prevent HIV infection in men, is available free of charge at government health facilities. Circumcision reduces the risk of contracting HIV by up to 60%. Using condoms reduces this risk even further.
The key to successful treatment and prevention is the HIV test. This World AIDS Day, the Deputy President and the Minister of Health will launch a campaign to encourage every South African to test for HIV. Testing is routine and free at every government health facility in the country.
The theme for World AIDS Day 2013 is Get Wise. Get Tested. Get Circumcised.
Let us all – every individual, national government department, provincial administration, municipality, district, health facility, AIDS council, business and NGO – commemorate World AIDS Day under the same clarion call.

The national commemoration event will be held in Mpumalanga. 
To find out about World AIDS Day events in your province, contact your Provincial Council on AIDS. 
Provincial Council on AIDS contact details can be found HERE…