Govt wants Aids tests for 35 000 students

2012-02-21 23:31

Cape Town – The government is aiming to test around 35 000 students for HIV and Aids by the end of this year.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi launched the First Things First campaign at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) on Tuesday.

The campaign, a partnership between the private sector and the departments of health and education, aims to increase HIV and Aids testing among university students.

It is set to be rolled out at all 72 campuses at the country's 23 public higher education institutions and targets at least 35 000 people for testing.

"It's important that young people are at the centre of our prevention strategies. We are excited by the enthusiasm displayed by young people in institutions of higher learning,” said Motsoaledi.

The rate of HIV and Aids in 18-to- 24 year olds is among the highest in the world.

"It is not just about sexual behaviour. The risks for acquiring HIV are also related to abuse of alcohol," he said. "Another name for unsafe sex is alcohol."

The campaign was initiated in 2011 and saw 22 000 students being tested. Of these students 58% had never been tested before.

  • Max - 2012-02-22 05:32

    "Another name for unsafe sex is alcohol"..this is either a new language or the best reason for alcoholism I have ever heard.

      Bluemast - 2012-02-22 07:52

      Max what has this article got to do with alcohol?

      Max - 2012-02-22 08:14

      Sean, I don't know ask the minister after you have finished reading the article.

  • Kevin - 2012-02-22 05:54

    This is a waste of taxpayers money. If the students want to know if they are infected they must pay. Why this 35000 when there are tens of thousands of people in that age group.

      Bluemast - 2012-02-22 08:15

      I don't think it is so much as wanting to know as it is a case of updating the records - I feel that the youth are scared to hear the truth of their status and thus avoid being tested. I think that this is a good cause and that the Deptartment of health should encourage and get better stats on where this country is standing on the amount of cases in SA. This endemic is groingb out of hand and people should not be afraid to be tested and rather be encouraged to have regular tests done. Even as adults we find ourselves in this situation - being scared to hear the truth whether or not one is HIV positive - having this test done could lift a great weight off our shoulders! Parents should also encourage their children to be tested for their own conscience albeit that they want to keep the results confidential! For those of us who are on say Discovery Vitality and want to earn a lot of points, then have this test don ,! You earn loads of points and this could help you into the next teer for more discounts and more vitality benifits :-)

  • Hector - 2012-02-22 06:50

    Eh Bru What about their 'uman rights... won't those be "wiolanted" by being tested for the decease created by the CIA for human population control .. Besides one quick shower and ... ALL BETTER

  • Ross - 2012-02-22 07:19

    I foresee a few problems, most clinics struggle to handle a handful of blood smaples without giving incorrect data, now imagine 35000 viles of blood somewhere. I can imagine a few suicides when a few poeple are told they are infected by recieving incorrect results, even worse, i can imagine someone with the virus being told they dont have it and spreading it!!!

      Bluemast - 2012-02-22 08:29

      @Hector - there is such a test called a rapid test where the person gets a finger prick and a drop of blood placed on a test stick and withing a few minutes the person will have the results - no viles of blood need to be done at all unless they find something an then want to confirm. This "Rapid Test" is app. 95% accurate. We have these tests done at work as a drive every six months for free an we earn lots of points if we are on vitality. My point is that the children will probably have these tests done which b.t.w are done in strict confidentiality one at a time in a room with counciling before and after the test. The children will go home with the results in total confidentiality and need not let anyone know of the results.

  • Guy - 2012-02-22 07:31

    What crap. HIV is caused by sex, not the abuse of alcohol.

  • Nicholas Brian Wallace - 2012-02-22 08:45

    please visit search patent number 5676977 that is a patent on a US GOVERMENT website showing a patent they hold for the cure for aids! They took the patent out in 97'

      TSR01 - 2012-02-22 10:57

      A patent on the cure for HIV/AIDS is a patent, not a proof of existence. There are patents out for nano-tech laser surgery procedures, synthetic biological implants (organ replacements), a device which records and then transmits visual/video data as signals which can be interpreted by the brain thus restoring sight, and many other undeveloped technologies, so that when those technologies are developed, the patent holder can lay claim to the "blueprints" and lay claim to royalties / patent infringement.

      Bandile - 2012-02-22 11:10

      Bet it had to do with that woman who got all the grants and stuff, Ms Whatshername.

  • Bandile - 2012-02-22 10:29

    So many mindless plans. And then you get a stupid little gem like this: "It is not just about sexual behaviour. The risks for acquiring HIV are also related to abuse of alcohol," he said. "Another name for unsafe sex is alcohol." Holy sh_t. GHU (God Help Us).

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