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Wednesday, 04 December 2013

CPUT commemorates World Aids Day

GIVING HOPE: CPUT Peer Educators perform a short play about the effects of alcohol abuse and unprotected sex in HIV transmission during the HIV/Aids Unit’s World Aids Day commemorations at Cape Town Campus GIVING HOPE: CPUT Peer Educators perform a short play about the effects of alcohol abuse and unprotected sex in HIV transmission during the HIV/Aids Unit’s World Aids Day commemorations at Cape Town Campus

The CPUT HIV/Aids Unit commemorated World Aids Day with a candle light vigil this week to remember the lives of people who died of Aids and to give hope to the families affected by the disease.

The theme of the event, which was held at Cape Town Campus, was Getting to zero. This means zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero Aids-related deaths.

Guest speaker Ann Ray Ray was diagnosed with HIV in 2000 and says the ordeal taught her to forgive her husband of many years. She also convinced her daughters to forgive their father for his infidelities.

Ray Ray is a motivational speaker and co-author of Whisper Not, a book in which infected people tell their personal stories of living openly with HIV.

Bonile Peter from the HIV/Aids Unit, who has been living openly with HIV for 12 years encouraged CPUT staff members to know their status.

“How do lecturers encourage students to go for testing when they themselves don’t get tested?” he asked.       

The HIV/Aids unit recently held its annual Peer Educators’ Awards Ceremony at the Granger Bay Hotel School where Peer Educators were rewarded for their commitment.

The unit runs a variety of programmes across all campuses throughout the year.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za