New condoms launched

2015-10-15 06:00
Mduduzi Manana, deputy minister of Higher Education encouraged learners to use condoms during the activation of First Thing First HIV/TB/STIs, at False Bay TVET College, Khayelitsha campus, on Wednesday.

Mduduzi Manana, deputy minister of Higher Education encouraged learners to use condoms during the activation of First Thing First HIV/TB/STIs, at False Bay TVET College, Khayelitsha campus, on Wednesday.

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The fight against HIV/AIDS has been taken to another level with the activation of a programme designed to raise awareness to students in tertiary institutions.

The provincial activation of First Things First HIV/TB/STIs (general health and wellness) programme was made at False Bay TVET College, Khayelitsha campus, on Wednesday.

The day also served as the official launch of coloured and grape scented condoms in the province.

The activation was made by Mduduzi Manana, deputy minister of Higher Education and Training, together with Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, director of HEAIDS, Criselda Dudumashe, ambassador for First Things First and other partners.

Manana emphasised the importance of getting tested for HIV/AIDS and also leading a healthy life to those who have tested positive.

“It is no longer fashionable to discriminate those who are HIV positive.

It is your responsibility to support someone who is speaking out about their HIV status instead of discriminating him or her,” he said.

Manana said teenage pregnancy, alcohol abuse and drugs, “trigger a serious concern.”

He warned learners of the dangers of being in a sexual relationship with “Sugar Daddies” and “Spicy Mamas” and said it increases the chances of being infected by HIV/AIDS, as some of them are already married and some have already multiple sexual partners.

Manana encouraged students to focus on their studies, so they will be able to break the circle of poverty in their homes and also not to be pressurised to indulge in sexual activity.

“Students who are using the wrong substances must stop using them. Drugs lead to gender based violence, rape and many other unbecoming things. Drug is a problem that sets us back as a country. If you are intoxicated you cannot use a condom, because there is no time for that and it makes you just want to finish what you are doing,” he added.

He said those who are sexually active should always “arm with condoms.”

It has already been activated in seven other provinces.

Dudumashe also emphasised on the issue of eating healthy at all times and also stopping the re-infection of HIV/AIDS.

She discovered that she was HIV positive about 20 years ago.

“It has been a journey for me. Managing HIV is not one of the easiest things. I did not care that people would gossip about me when I speak out about my HIV status.

If you know early about your status you are able to do something about it. It is important to eat healthy at all times.

There is so much that you can do when you are HIV positive,” she said.

About 300 learners from the college tested for HIV/Aids at the institution on Tuesday.

Sipho Mdlalose, 19, an engineering student at the college, is one of the students who tested for the disease.

“I tested because I wanted to know my status. It is important to know your HIV status,” Mdlalose said.

It was his second time testing

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