Zille govt to hold HIV test lucky draw

2011-11-25 13:05

Cape Town - The Western Cape government will hold a lucky draw to encourage people in the province to be tested for HIV.

Premier Helen Zille said on Friday that any person who was tested at one of the province's testing points between November 28 and December 9 could win R50 000.

She said the project was part of the government’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

"Persuasion has not worked. We would rather use incentives than coercive methods to ensure that all adults regularly test their HIV status," Zille said.

The Western Cape government spent around R661m on its HIV/Aids programmes in the 2010/2011 financial year.

Zille said 1 042 942 people had been voluntarily tested for HIV in the province in the past year, while 103 000 were on antiretroviral treatment by the end of October.

Sexual violence a factor

The susceptibility of women and children to HIV was directly linked to the high levels of sexual violence committed against them, she said.

"Often women and young girls become infected as a result of being coerced into having unprotected sex with men who are ignorant of their HIV positive status and who believe it is their right to have inter-generational sex with multiple concurrent partners," Zille said.

"This is violence against women and young girls. Their choice is taken away from them and they are exposed to risk and harm."

Zille was recently criticised for suggesting that men who had multiple sexual partners and refuse to use condoms be charged with attempted murder.

Aids activists slammed Zille’s remarks as "careless and misleading", warning that criminalising HIV/Aids infection went against international guidelines and would create an incentive for people not to get tested.

  • Piet - 2011-11-25 13:11

    You have to be positive to win

      danalexsmith - 2011-11-25 13:32

      Are you sure it's not a lucky dip?

      Chris - 2011-11-25 14:12

      Hehehe @danalexsmith I was dissecting your name and this is what I got: d anal ex smith :-)

  • TheSlip - 2011-11-25 13:18

    Ethics . . not on the table.

      rialine - 2011-11-25 13:28

      I needn't be. No one is asking persons to reveal their status, just to get tested. This way they can at least have a "number" of positive people, and they can be contacted by medical personnel, and urged to get treatment and keep others around them safe. It is however sad, that in this day and age people in need to be bribed to save their own lives, and those of their future sexual partners.

      Craig - 2011-11-25 13:43

      @TheSlip...because all the other prevention campaigns have worked SO WELL right? Just checking...

  • Dean Kenad - 2011-11-25 13:21

    Well she is greatly concerned abt d hiv/aids pandemic and obviously doing something abt it unlike most other leaders.

      fishycraig - 2011-11-25 13:47

      That is unfair. Our government implemented the beetroot and shower policy.

      Siyanda - 2011-11-25 17:54

      @fishycraig. Who can argue with that? LMAO!

  • Larry - 2011-11-25 13:25

    What a good positive move. At least the DA is doing something. I just hope it is enough to get people to get tested.

  • thurlo.cicero - 2011-11-25 13:30

    My oh my... so its a lucky draw then... and here we thought the ANC were running a banana republic, the Western Cape is Banana Republic 2.0...

      rialine - 2011-11-25 13:32

      Sad that people need to be bribed to better themselves. Unfortunately last resort.

      MSGRule - 2011-11-25 13:38

      @thurlo - what a crap comment. Come on man. You also missign the point at the exercise. Rather know the state of the province so it doesnt become a rotten place liek Gauteng is.

      Iwan - 2011-11-25 13:57

      OMG...We have a Biebs fan. Bwahahahaaa.

      thurlo.cicero - 2011-11-25 13:57

      @fishycraig - Interesting that we now take fights to a personal level.. Its unfortunate that we have people of your calibre in here who always feel the need to resort to such things.. keep it real and relative ;) and i still think that the whole concept of "get tested and you COULD win R50 000" is preposterous! now im just thinking - how many of these "haters" or "dislike-ers" are actually going to get tested for R50k? hmmmm... yeah, I thought so! otherwise just STFU!

      Lauren - 2011-11-25 14:04

      Wow, how utterly intelligent of you @fishycraig, to make it personal and attack Thurlo on his choice of music as opposed to what he's arguing about. What Zille's govt is doing is undignifying and crass. It turns testing into some kind of lotto draw. Have you ever thought that maybe the best way of going about getting people to be tested is not with bribery but with educating them? Making sure they understand everything that surrounds HIV/ Aids. This comment's personal.

      Iwan - 2011-11-25 14:11

      Get real...says the man with the pink shirt. Dave, we don't wear pink shirts. Just joking Thurlo. The aim is to get as many people tested as possible, won't you agree. The way they achieve this is what you have a problem with i assume. Well, if so....they tried various ways, and this is just another way.

      Iwan - 2011-11-25 14:12

      Oh... and I think most of us who have insurance or are married have been tested.

      thurlo.cicero - 2011-11-25 14:22

      Like Lauren said, Its all about educating and ensuring that the nation is well informed regarding HIV/AIDS. Lucky draws are quick fixes to reach a particular quota for the year, I`m sure a big number will look nice on their reports in comparison to other provinces. But lets be very realistic now. If this was an initiative from National Government (ANC-run), how many of you would have praised the idea? Answer honestly...

      rialine - 2011-11-25 14:22

      @Lauren - Educating has failed. Like I said. Bribery: last resort.

      Iwan - 2011-11-25 14:30

      Honestly, I would have supported the idea if it came from National, just like I supported the ANC actions against Mr. Malema. It is not what is best for a couple, it is what is best for the country as a whole. That is what some people can't see to grasp.

      thurlo.cicero - 2011-11-25 14:42

      @rialine If that's your stance, then you most be a close associate of Mac Maharaj and Shaik - same principles! @Iwan - if that's your honest views - then we must give you a Bells!

      fishycraig - 2011-11-25 15:36

      Ha! Fair enough thurlo. Then don't refer to the Western Cape as being a banana republic. Come live up in Limpopo where half the population is "thin" and the government is more concerned giving tenders to cronies. Zille is doing more with this campaign than the powers that be are in the rest of the country. Even if it is a bit of a weird approach.

      fishycraig - 2011-11-25 15:41

      And yes, I do agree that people are a tad defensive when the national government comes into play. The problem with national government is that they lack credibility when it comes to AIDS/HIV campaigns. They haven't been the greatest when it comes to fighting this disease.

  • fairviews - 2011-11-25 13:32

    money cannot make up for the positive results one receive after being tested, it runs out. what then? more money to compensate....incentives have limits too, you just don't do that. we might as well have incentives for testing of DNA making sure that you are really white or black.

      MSGRule - 2011-11-25 13:37

      @fairviews - at least they know then, they can get treated. YOu missing the point. The DA cares aboout the province and its people.

      Dianne - 2011-11-25 13:37

      What a stupid remark. If you find out you are + then you can get the med's needed to keep you alive. That people dont get tested is the thing that I cant understand.

      Deon - 2011-11-25 14:03

      HIV is nowadays just another chronic disease like high bloodpressure or high cholesterol. You can live easily another 30 or 40 years and perhaps one day die of old age. So rather get tested.

      rialine - 2011-11-25 14:27

      White or black has absolutely nothing to do with being tested for HIV. Keep the race card out of it, and try to bring yourself to seeing the pro's of knowing the state of your province. Shes not asking for names or races, shes asking for each and every person to get tested and know their own status in order to better the lives of everyone in the province. And this is probably going to work, unlike all the other types of urging to get testes ie. education, info etc..

      Cina - 2011-11-25 14:51

      Yes like the incentive the government give teenage girls to fall pregnant (government grants)At least if they know who is all positive they can start with a program to help them.

  • rowan.maulson - 2011-11-25 13:43

    Whilst I'm not entirely keen on the concept of havin a "lucky draw" type thing, it will probably get quite a few more people into the testing centres and getting their results so the ultimate end goal is worth it in my opinion.

      fishycraig - 2011-11-25 13:50

      Yep, the end justifies the means.

  • Phoenix - 2011-11-25 13:51

    Give every child in the country a grant if they manage to matriculate without having had a baby.

      Phoenix - 2011-11-25 13:51

      Oh hold on... bad idea. We will have lots of infancide.

  • Robbie - 2011-11-25 13:53

    I've won 2 competions this week so far. I'm going to get tested next week,i'm feeling lucky.

  • Cameronl - 2011-11-25 14:08

    Helen yet again doing a great job :) very good way to get a guestimate of the figures, companies are always trying to lure ppl into buying into something with the possibility of winning something, so why not with this, its a great idea really if you think about. Helen Zille for president, at least she cares about the more important things like the people of this country not lining her pockets like other fat cats we all know

  • Barefoot - 2011-11-25 14:27

    What's up with the madam and HIV lately, u'd think she just found out about it or does someone want to join the TAC?

  • robbie.crouch - 2011-11-25 14:40

    You take the test... but do not stop sleeping around. Pretty pointless I would say.

      sandie.vahl - 2011-11-26 12:21

      Yep. I hope there is very strong 'education' provided to everyone who gets tested - you know like posters that really make an impact.

  • Kim - 2011-11-25 17:29

    I can't believe that so many people are too selfish to have themselves tested. It's a simple test and if you life a decent lifestyle and don't jump from bed to bed then you have nothing to worry about. Unfortunately it is the people who jump from bed to bed, who have an issue with being tested.

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