HIV-Aids knowledge is power

Sne Masuku

Musicians, Ukhozi FM DJs and the Health Department yesterday joined forces in an effort to combat HIV and Aids.

They are encouraging people to make the responsible decision to know their status.

Yesterday the MEC for health in KwaZulu- Natal, Peggy Nkonyeni, pictured above, launched the Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) campaign at Wentworth Hospital in Durban.

The department is concerned that KwaZulu-Natal has the highest percentage of HIV and Aids infected people in South Africa.

Nkonyeni said that through this campaign she wants to emphasise that voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) is one of the key prevention strategies to slow down the spread of HIV and Aids.

"The VCT programme must be understood as the entry point for prevention, treatment and care," she said.

Nkonyeni will be in Vryheid tomorrow challenging leaders from various sectors of civil society to play a leading role in the fight against the disease.

She will do her public testing together with members of the provincial legislature, senior managers and the head of the Health Department and the management of Ukhozi radio.

At this event, Ukhozi DJs, musicians and departmental district managers will also publicly be tested after undergoing counselling. This is to show that knowing one's status is responsible.

She challenged men to come forward and lead the nation in the fight against HIV and to care and support those with the virus.