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Monday, 27 February 2012

Campus-wide HIV testing drive kicks off

CHANGE:  Projects Officer at the HIV/ AIDS Unit, Alex Semba, encourages the CPUT community to participate in the testing


The CPUT campus-wide HIV testing drive has officially kicked off.   This campaign, dubbed ‘First Things First’ is a counseling and testing drive commissioned by the Department of Higher Education’s Programme on HIV/ AIDS (HEAIDS).

Its purpose is to encourage students, academics, administration and service staff to get tested in the mobile clinic that will visit all CPUT campuses and service points during the next few weeks.
Projects Officer Alex Semba said the campaign was first introduced in mid 2011, with the drive primarily aimed at first-year students.
He said this year the focus has been expanded to all members of the CPUT community.
Part of the campaign is asking participants to watch a counseling DVD that will be uploaded on all CPUT computers.  Thereafter they will be tested using the finger-prick method and receive post-test counseling from the on-site medical staff.
The test will take no more than 20 minutes.
For those who may be concerned about their status being exposed, Semba says, “For us, confidentiality is key. The only people who have access to your results are you and your health worker.”
“We would like everyone whose tested to also sign a pledge to stop discrimination, reduce the stigma of HIV/ AIDS and help to curb further infections by practicing safer sex”, says Semba.
Head of the Unit, Dr Ashraf Mohammed has also encouraged the CPUT community to participate in the drive.
 “Knowing one’s status is very essential, as it allows you to live a healthy responsible life,” says Dr Mohammed.
For more information on dates and venues of the testing drive, watch out for updates via newsflash or contact the Unit directly on (021) 460 4253.
By: Thando J. Moiloa
The HIV/ AIDS Unit in collaboration with TB Care has scheduled the campaign as follows:

Bellville Campus - 27-29 Feb 2012
Granger Bay Campus - 01 March 2012
Cape Town Campus - 5-7 March 2012
Tygerberg Campus - 8 March 2012
Mowbray Campus - 12 & 13 March 2012
Wellington Campus - 14 & 15 Mach 2012
Optical Dispensing - 19 March 2012
Thomas Patullo - 20 March 2012
Groote Schuur - 22 March 2012
Written by CPUT News