‘Testing for my own good’

2016-07-27 06:00
PARENTS, guardians and children queue to get tested for HIV/Aids at the recent St Kizito Children’s Programme event, teaching the community about the virus.  Photo: Nkareng Moloi

PARENTS, guardians and children queue to get tested for HIV/Aids at the recent St Kizito Children’s Programme event, teaching the community about the virus. Photo: Nkareng Moloi

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QWAQWA. – The community members of the Tsheseng Village in Qwaqwa and the surrounding areas were empowered with knowledge about HIV/Aids, thanks to the St Kizito Children’s Programme (SKCP) on Saturday (23/07).

The event, hosted at the Roman Catholic Church in Tsheseng, was attended by about 200 people, who chose to have themselves tested.

According to Sello Sedi, SKCP coordinator, the platform was created for people to talk about HIV/Aids.

“Our lives cannot be controlled by this virus. We need to act on this,” said Sedi.

“We cannot discriminate against our brothers and sisters because of it.

“We are more powerful than the virus. It has dictated our lives for too long, we say: No more.”

Sedi told Express Eastern Free State that the SKCP had organised the event, offering voluntary HIV/Aids counselling and testing, because the organisation cared for the community and especially for children.

“Our sponsors expect us to hold sessions like this. They want us to make sure that the children that are in our programme are safe.

“We cannot lose a young life, or any life because of HIV/Aids.”

Makotsi Molefe (61) from Malekunutu, Tsheseng, a guardian who had herself tested and also accompanied her grandchildren, said she was being tested for the sixth time.

“I don’t have a problem with getting tested, because it is for my own good,” said Molefe.

“As for my grandchildren, one will never know what they are doing when you are not with them. So the only way to find out is to have them tested.

“HIV/Aids is no longer the problem. The problem is how we see HIV/Aids.”

Nteboheng Maloka (12), one of the children who had herself tested, said she was happy to have done it, even though she had been scared at first.

“I was happy when my guardian told me that she had signed consent for me to get tested for HIV/Aids.”

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