Breaking the HIV/Aids stigma

2017-12-19 06:01
PHOTOS: SuppliedAt the awareness march (from left) Sergeant Zikhali, Nkosinathi Luthuli, Cosmos Shezi, councillor M. Sibisi (Ward 103), Thembi Mkhize and Constable S. Sithole.

PHOTOS: SuppliedAt the awareness march (from left) Sergeant Zikhali, Nkosinathi Luthuli, Cosmos Shezi, councillor M. Sibisi (Ward 103), Thembi Mkhize and Constable S. Sithole.

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THE Hillcrest SAPS policed an Aids awareness event which was hosted by Don Mckenzi Hospital Aids educators on Friday December 8 in Botha’s Hill. The event aimed at creating awareness about the impact of HIV/Aids.

Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith said: “From our evaluation many families are infected­ and affected due to the virus.

“Stigma and discrimination continues to exist in our communities, however, we at Hillcrest SAPS believe that any person infected with the HIV/Aids virus can live a normal and healthy life as long as ARVs are taken regularly.

“Our aim is to conduct education and awareness campaigns in the Upper Highway area to empower individuals in breaking the stigma surrounding the virus.”

Smith said at the latest campaign in Botha’s Hill talks were given to the community about the illness and Aids testing was conducted.

“We educated and empowered the youth and community with knowledge on nutrition, ARVs and prevention of mother-to-child transmission.

She said those infected and affected must speak out and get the help they need.

“Break the silence to live a long and healthy life,” said Smith.

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