Remember Aids victims, pleads YCLSA

2010-12-01 09:47

The Young Communist League of SA (YCLSA) on today called on people to remember the “millions” who die worldwide daily from HIV/Aids.

“We equally need to take stock of the immeasurable efforts by our government in prioritising HIV/Aids and ensuring that practical programmes are implemented, not only to create awareness, but encourage fellow South Africans to test and know their status in order to get treatment early,” spokesperson Gugu Ndima said in a statement.

The league was concerned about reported cases of young people using antiretroviral medicine as part of drug concoctions.

“This issue should be investigated in order to curb a widespread phenomenon.”

Ndima said HIV/Aids continued to rob families of mothers and fathers. The number of orphans and child-headed households was still alarmingly high.

The league saluted volunteers in their work and said it was a commendable commitment which would reduce the stigma around HIV/Aids in communities, and build collective responsibility in curbing the disease.

“We applaud government for also spearheading awareness around circumcision for young boys.”

This was a long-standing campaign by the league and it appreciated that it found resonance in the governments’ plans and programmes for HIV/Aids prevention.

“We call upon young South Africans to take responsibility for their lives and use protection; this is not only applicable to men, but women should also be given the right to make choices about their safety.”

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