loveLife - Know your HIV status

By Faeza
30 November 2015

loveLife, in collaboration with the National Department of Health, are launching Toetsa as their 2015 World Aids Day campaign. The campaign is set to call upon young people to know their HIV status

The Toetsa campaign will be broadcast in the nine South African official languages on SABC radio stations and on over 20 community radio stations across South Africa and it will include public service announcements with the voices of high profile personalities including Amanda du-Pont, Clement Maosa, Cornet Mamabolo, Tshepo Maseko, Presley Chweneyagae and Pearl Thusi among others.

As part of the Toetsa campaign, young people are encouraged to  send a PLZ CAL ME (Please Call Me) to the loveLife Contact Centre on 083 323  1023  for support and information or alternatively call loveLife’s toll-free number on 0800 121 900.  The Contact Centre also offers healthy sexuality information, including on HCT, while also providing free telephonic counselling and referrals.

“Just because you haven’t tested, doesn’t mean you are HIV negative,” says Dr Lebo Maroo, loveLife’s Deputy CEO.  “It’s important to test for HIV because if you’re HIV negative, you are motivated to keep engaging in healthy behaviour to stay that way. If you’re HIV-positive, you can start treatment immediately and lead a healthier lifestyle by eating a more nutritious diet and exercising regularly. You can stay as healthy as possible, live a complete life and contribute to society in a productive manner.

“Knowing your status enables you to make informed, better decisions.  You should feel as comfortable about testing for HIV as you are about testing for other health-related issues, for example, your cholesterol and blood sugar levels.”

So the Toetsa campaign is all about getting young people to know their status – which empowers them to better manage their lives.