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South Africa marks World AIDS Day

South Africa has joined the rest of the world in marking this year’s World AIDS Day, with an emphasis on the need for access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for all.

President Jacob Zuma, addressing the national commemoration in Pretoria, announced that all babies under one-year with HIV would receive anti-retroviral treatment; expanded treatment for pregnant women to prevent the transmission of HIV to their children and said all patients with both TB and HIV will get treatment with anti-retrovirals if their CD4 count is 350 or less.

The measures are to come into force in April next year.

On World AIDS Day, various sectors from across the country have committed to rallying behind the fight against the disease.

In his World AIDS Day message, Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato called on every person to do their part to help deal with HIV and AIDS.

“Our biggest challenge in responding to HIV and AIDS is the cloud of secrecy and silence that surrounds it, which prevents people from being open about how HIV and AIDS affects them,” he said.

The SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) called on its members to get tested for HIV. In a statement, the union said as part of efforts to fight the disease it was operating a project to help teachers, orphans and vulnerable children in 20 000 schools across the country.

“We realise the importance of individuals taking responsibility for their lives and therefore urge our members to get tested, so that they know their status and take the necessary precautions.”

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) urged companies, especially in the mining industry, to take new action to combat new HIV infections.

“The face of the mining industry is fast changing from single sex to communal accommodation and we appeal to companies to take a conscious view of these developments,” it said in a statement.

Trade union federation COSATU has applauded Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, on the progress he has made to date in fighting the disease. The union encouraged workers, shop stewards and leaders in the labour movement to join the campaign on voluntary HIV counselling and testing on 1 December.

The South African Municipal Workers Union said there had been a ‘wind of change’ in governments responses to the HIV and AIDS crisis.

It said South Africans must take responsibility for themselves, their communities and their workplaces to make HIV and AIDS history.

Source: BuaNews, info.gov.za

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MEC encourages youth to get tested for HIV AIDS

Gauteng Health and Social Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu has encouraged the youth to get tested for HIV and AID.

“Go to your nearest health facility, seek pre-counseling, test and get your results. Knowing your status especially if you are positive, will help you get the right treatment and necessary support which will prolong your life,” said Mahlangu.

She was speaking at the official launch of an HIV and AIDS expo, at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, on the eve of World AIDS Day.

Mahlangu also committed to making available more female condoms and also to educate women on how to use them.

The three-day expo which will end on Wednesday aims to encourage the spirit of a caring community. This will be done through reinforcing the spirit of ubuntu.

The expo will not only showcase the work done by civil society, the public and private sectors but it will also encourage dialogue as well as voluntary counseling and testing.

On Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma is expected to address South Africans from all walks of life at an event to be held at the Pretoria Show Grounds to commemorate World AIDS Day today.

Under the theme “I am responsible, We are responsible, South Africa is taking responsibility”, this year’s World AIDS Day heralds a new era in the country’s collective effort in the response to HIV and AIDS.

The theme encourages everyone in South Africa from individuals, communities, businesses and government to take personal and collective responsibility to stop new HIV infections, provide care and support to those living with HIV and to ensure access to treatment for all people in need.

The day’s activities are intended to bring the country together to revitalise the fight against AIDS and take the campaign to higher levels.

Source: BuaNews, gauteng.net

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Ten-day HIV AIDS education drive to be launched

The start of a 10-day door-to-door campaign to educate Gauteng communities about HIV and AIDS.

The campaign comes ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December.

Gauteng MEC for Health and Social Development Qedani Mahlangu is expected to launch the campaign at the Tembisa Civic Centre in Johannesburg.

She is expected to brief the media about the campaign as well as outline plans to mobilize communities to take a stand against the abuse of women, children and the disabled.
Today also marks the launch of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign at the Union Buildings.
The campaign is expected to be launched with the lighting of the Torch of Peace by the Minister for Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities, Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya and the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Yunus Carrim. –

Source: BuaNews,

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