HIV/Aids: Zuma factor helping

2012-07-24 22:37

Johannesburg - More than half of people who knew that President Jacob Zuma tested for HIV were far more likely to discuss HIV testing with their sex partners, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

President Zuma had taken an HIV test in public in 2010, and later disclosed his status, as part of the "I am Responsible" campaign.

Now, according to the results of the 3rd South African National HIV Communication Survey (NCS), survey respondents who knew that the president had tested were far more likely to discuss HIV testing with their sex partners (52%) than those who were not aware that the president had tested (39%).

"People who talked about testing with their sex partners, in turn, were more likely to test for HIV (63%) than those who did not talk about testing with their partners (33%)."

The stigma surrounding HIV/Aids had subsided, with greater openness in HIV disclosure, as well as testing.

According to the survey, Exposure to HIV/Aids awareness programmes had promoted a significant change in behaviour.

Substantial increases in behaviour that reduced the risk of contracting HIV/Aids were found. These included the use of condoms, HIV counselling and testing, and voluntary male circumcision.

The survey was released at the International Aids Conference in Washington by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

It was conducted by Johns Hopkins Health and Education in SA, LoveLife and Soul City.

"The data also confirm that exposure to HIV communication programs have a direct impact on people practicing these behaviours," the three organisations said in a statement.

From 1992 to 2012, condom use at first sex increased from 18% to 66%. This change was attributed to condom promotion and the increased availability of condoms.

People who reported using condoms at first sex were less likely to say they were HIV positive, the report found. Those who did not use a condom at first sex reported a higher HIV prevalence.

In the last 12 months, 10.6 million South Africans had been tested as part of the HIV counselling and testing campaign led by President Zuma, Motlanthe and Motsoaledi.

More than 50% of South African men were now circumcised.

Just under one million men intended to be circumcised in the next 12 months.

Researcher Lusanda Mahlasela credited "strong and visible" political leadership on the issue for bringing part of the change.

"HIV testing, male circumcision, and public attitudes towards the disease can only make prevention and treatment much easier over the next five years," Mahlasela said.

The survey was conducted between February and May and designed to be representative of the South African population aged 16 to 55.

More than 10 000 people, across all nine provinces, took part in the survey.

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-07-24 22:44

    Zuuuuma Zuuuuma Zuuuuuuuuuma. Someone remind me what his status was then and what it is now, but does it really matter

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-07-24 23:17

      He later retract from his promise to disclose the results

      tooka.loosh - 2012-07-24 23:31

      He has presidential AIDS.

      lownabester - 2012-07-25 00:04

      Maybe we should ask all the women that he slept with.

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-25 00:19

      I don`t believe one word the ANC leadership says ! They are all a bunch of criminals !

      Koos - 2012-07-25 07:54

      @Jackie: You go "Zuuuuma Zuuuuma Zuuuuuuuuuma". I bet you you can actually mimic that with a real zip.

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-25 09:49

      Discuss it with your Partners? Is that before or after you rape them?

      eduardhomes - 2012-07-25 10:39

      You know, whichever country develops a cure for HIV/ it the east or the west....that country will have not only the respect, but the following/ loyalty (and maybe a free ticket to the country's minerals/ resource). So who wants Africa?

  • mafolwana - 2012-07-24 22:57

    kuteni iresults zingavezwa in public?dey js tyk his blood n bangalisi elab den ati utestile n y bengasebenzis testkit 1st response o G ocean

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-24 23:03

    This is so depressing. Is our nation so much like sheep? Can we not think for ourselves?

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-25 02:07

      Scary thought indeed if we need showerhead's spear to do the thinking for us

  • lownabester - 2012-07-25 00:03

    We will never know the truth. He is a known liar. The only thing he does is helping men to marry as many women as they can. Idiot.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-25 00:45

    Mothlante, if you want more in the fight against HIV, than I suggest you stop rewarding young girls for falling pregnant in the form of a government grant when you become president. It is sick to hear and see that so many teenage girls are still falling pregnant with so many government and private awareness programs about HIV out there. They are irresponsible and ignorant and government reward them with tax payers money which could have been used on something else.

      thomas.obrian.92 - 2012-07-25 06:30

      Very well said William, the government are in fact promoting school girl pregnacies by enticing them with child support grants. If you were desperate for money, what easier way but to get pregnant, you then have an income for many many years.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-25 01:11

    Of course he will say he was tested. He had unprotected sex with a young woman who was known to be HIV positive. He was at that time actively courting other women - on the point of getting married for the 5th time. Using his getting tested as a publicity stunt seems like a desperate ploy to paint him as responsible citizen. Had he been "normal" his being tested would never have been an issue, but because of his unacceptable Behaviour it becomes a big plus??? I would be most embarrassed to have to be tested - it would signify to all and sundry that my marriage bows are not worth a damn.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-25 01:19

    Another thing, what is the point of having more than one spouse - especially after the age of 70. It's a known fact that children conceived by an elderly parent are more susceptible to birth defects. Also why have so many children, the world has millions of aids orphans who have no homes - why make more babies.

      hein.huyser - 2012-07-25 07:46

      Because he's got you, the taxpayer to pick up the tab.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-25 01:23

    And how distasteful is it anyway to have to live with the presidents sex life popping up all the time. Why can't he just be normal? Maybe he has a complex about it and has to put forward this macho image ...

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-07-25 02:41

    Well, at least everyone is very clean with taking showers -oh wait, guess shacks don't have showers yet.

  • Simphiwe - 2012-07-25 06:23

    People want to prove a SHOWER theory because it worked for Mr JZ.

      Koos - 2012-07-25 07:51

      ... and I say go for it. If Zummer can do it why can't the rest?

      Koos - 2012-07-25 07:53

      P.S. Just make sure you keep your cANCer “get into heaven free” card handy. You might need it sooner than you think.

  • lerato.phoko.9 - 2012-07-25 07:21

    So what's the moral of the story here? You can sleep with as many women as you want without protection and test negative: Zuma factor helping,NOMSENSE

      Koos - 2012-07-25 07:50

      The Zuma factor, natures little population control pill. Who said that fate is not without its little ironies.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-07-25 07:42

    So? How many times must he be told that the average citizen do what he does? He act against bribery and corruption, and overnight the problem goes away. He demands accountability and lives under that same rule, and the rest of his cadres will fall in line. It's so simple, anyone with a std.6 can figure this out. One would think!

  • ntobane.setabola - 2012-07-25 08:53

    a good investment the goverment can come up with is to supply every citizen with mobile showers instead of wasting cash on condoms. Condoms are not 100% safe as they do bust,but a shower completely takes out the virus. It did for Mr. Zuma and it will obviously help everyone. And remember Zuma still uses it you can confirm that with his choir of wives and that healthy kid he planted in Khoza's house.

  • eduardhomes - 2012-07-25 10:39

    You know, whichever country develops a cure for HIV/ it the east or the west....that country will have not only the respect, but the following/ loyalty (and maybe a free ticket to the country's minerals/ resource). So who wants Africa?

  • lukesureen.evans - 2012-07-25 11:36

    looks like he lost a lot of weight since 2009

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-07-25 13:35

      Maybe his SHOWER did not work

  • david.g.fosse - 2012-07-26 00:42

    The man is a clown.Hopefully most people will now have a shower after sex.I dont know why people in the west actually take these African leaders seriously,like boyscouts playing soldiers.

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