click here >>>

Eligible staff please register here >>>

click here >>>

Wednesday, 07 August 2013

HIV campaign targets male students

BRIDGING THE GAP: The HIV/Aids Unit in collaboration with the Students Christian Organization, are running an HIV counseling and testing campaign targeting male students at the Cape Town Campus BRIDGING THE GAP: The HIV/Aids Unit in collaboration with the Students Christian Organization, are running an HIV counseling and testing campaign targeting male students at the Cape Town Campus

A three-day HIV counseling and testing campaign targeting male students and their partners is underway at the Cape Town Campus.

The “Bridge The Gap Campaign” is a collaboration between the CPUT HIV/Aids Unit and the Students Christian Organization (SCO) and is in response to the national challenge of how few men know their status.

The campaign also aims to make students curious about HIV and to dispel the myth that they already know enough about the virus.

Additionally the initiative also seeks to encourage Christians to brave the stigma of associating HIV with sleeping around and instead get tested.

The campaign features an information stall, condom distribution and demonstration of their correct use as well as the promotion of the unit’s Abstinence Club.

Nomtika Mjwana, a PR intern with the HIV unit, says that the campaign is borne out of the fact that much more female students get tested than their male counterparts.

“We are trying to stress testing on males because our statistics show that 70% of students who get tested are female and only 30% are male,” she says.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za