Spreading awareness on HIV/Aids

2015-12-03 06:00
Photo: supplied Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society members and staff from Osindesweni Hospital at the talk on HIV/Aids.

Photo: supplied Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society members and staff from Osindesweni Hospital at the talk on HIV/Aids.

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PATIENTS and community members visiting Osindesweni Hospital on Tuesday were invited to a programme aimed at awareness in keeping with world HIV/Aids Day.

The programme hosted by the Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society took place at the HIV/Aids care unit at the hospital and centered around prevention, keeping safe, spread of the virus and life after infection.

Co-ordinator of the programme, senior TCW social worker, Joyclyn Govender said it is important that people take time to educate themselves on the virus as it is a global problem which is affecting everyone.

“The talk was geared towards preventative methods towards the non-infected because prevention is key to fighting the virus and stopping the spread to others,” said Govender.

“We also spoke on the importance of testing for the virus, protection when coming into contact with bodily fluids, how the virus spreads, what it does to the immune system and one’s well-being.”

This year and for the next few years, the theme which has been adopted by the TCW is ‘Getting to zero’.

The theme is aimed at working towards the goal of zero fear, stigma and discrimination, ignorance, risks, new cases, and deaths due to HIV/Aids.

The programme was also aimed at motivating those who are already infected with the virus and their families to continue their fight.

“Life doesn’t end at HIV/Aids because healthy living, proper medical treatment and with support a person with the virus can live a longer healthy and prosperous life,” said Govender.

The programme included a question and answer session so patients and visitors to the hospital could interact and clarify any information they were uncertain of while learning more on any specific topic.

Govender said anyone who needs assistance with regards to the virus can get counselling if they or a family member is affected and the TCW also runs a support group.

“Anyone who needs information can also contact us and speak to any of the social workers who will be able to assist,” said Govender.

Contact the Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society on 031 9441514.

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