Strive to be HIV-free, says councillor

2015-12-08 06:00
Ward councillor Eddie Andrews, staff at Westridge clinic, the Victory Outreach team, Westridge Health Committee and Matric Clinic team commemorated World Aids Day last week.

Ward councillor Eddie Andrews, staff at Westridge clinic, the Victory Outreach team, Westridge Health Committee and Matric Clinic team commemorated World Aids Day last week.

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It is his aim to see an HIV-free generation, says ward councillor Eddie Andrews.

He was speaking on World Aids Day last week.

“HIV/Aids is a prominent health concern for all South Africans. This is one of the countries with the most recorded cases [with] 5.6m people living with HIV and 270 000 HIV-related deaths recorded in 2011,” said Andrews.

Many factors contributed to the spread of HIV, he continued, including poverty, inequality and social instability, high levels of sexually transmitted infections, the low status of women, sexual violence, high mobility of workers, limited and uneven access to quality medical care and a history of poor leadership in the response to the epidemic.

“Irrespective of what the circumstances confirm, we should still strive to pursue an HIV-free generation. There remains an acute need for social protection and interventions to support the most vulnerable communities and households affected by this epidemic. The challenge we still face is that people are not testing timeously, therefore only once they are very ill at quite a late stage of disease progression do they only realise that they are HIV-positive.

“The central focus remains that we continue to mobilise an increased uptake in HIV testing and counselling, behaviour-change communication and combination prevention and treatment,” said Andrews.

Responsibility should not be limited to the government alone, he said.

“There is also a responsibility on those infected. You have to come forward sooner rather than later to access the necessary treatment,” he said.

Andrews also thanked stakeholders working in his area for their commitment to systematically reduce the infection figures.

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