AIDS education still a priority in St François
In light of World AIDS Day, celebrated on December 1 each year, the St Francis Care Center encouraged community members to be aware of HIV / AIDS.
This year, the day will be commemorated under the theme End Inequalities, End AIDS.
Residential social worker Cebile Maseko said it is important for people to be educated about HIV / AIDS, and St Francis is doing her best to educate members of the community.
“People need to know their status and we encourage them to get tested for HIV / AIDS. Early detection is important.
“We have several mobile clinics in different places in the community where people can get tested for the virus. In addition, people are welcome to visit the center, located at 30 Olivia Road, to get tested. “
Maseko said it is also important to give people the necessary knowledge.
“Most of the new infections are young girls from disadvantaged communities. Most people are also now focusing on being tested for Covid-19 and forgetting their HIV status. “
The St Francis Care Center will also be hosting an event on December 1 to commemorate World AIDS Day from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, where several speakers will discuss the topic.
The matron Saint Francis Minnie Dlamini gave some facts about HIV / AIDS:
• There is no cure for HIV. Only antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can control HIV. If people take their medication, they can lead normal lives.
• HIV is not spread by touch. It can be transmitted through the exchange of various bodily fluids from infected people, such as blood, breast milk, semen, and vaginal fluids.
• It is also not true that showering after sex can prevent you from contracting the virus. Only the use of a condom can prevent you from catching the virus.
• Undetectable does not mean non-communicable.
Dlamini said there was progress.
“With the support of the Ministry of Health, work is underway to achieve the 90-90-90 strategy. This is a goal to help end the AIDS pandemic.
“By 2020 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, by 2020 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, and by 2020 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have a viral infection. deletion.
“In 2020, 84% of people living with HIV knew their status, 87% of those people had access to treatment and of those with access to treatment, 90% were virally suppressed.
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