Teachers, pupils urged to have HIV tests
Pretoria - All teachers and pupils have been urged to participate in the roll-out of voluntary HIV testing in schools, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said on Thursday.
"Cabinet welcomed and supported the initiative by the departments of health and basic education... and we urge all teachers and learners to participate in the campaign," Chabane said during a media briefing in Pretoria.
The initiative was part of a campaign to ensure all South Africans knew their HIV status and received treatment if necessary.
A task team had been set up to provide support to schools involved.
"Parents must be assured that care will be taken to ensure that the testing is done in a professional and responsible manner," said Chabane.