People Must Get Tested for HIV and AIDS
01 December 2014.
The IFP encourages everyone to get tested for HIV
and AIDS as we celebrate World Aids Day today and it further calls
on the Department of Health to enforce laws barring discrimination
against people who are HIV-positive.
"We encourage everyone to go and get tested at
their nearest clinics around the country. It is important to get
tested and to know your HIV status, so that if one is found to be
positive one can be treated while the virus is still in its early
stages. Getting tested also encourages one to live a healthy and
positive life," said IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile
"We further call on government to take action
against doctors, nurses, and other health care workers who
discriminate against HIV-positive patients. The health care
profession has an ethical duty to maintain confidentiality and
protect the dignity of patients and a legal obligation not to
discriminate," continued Mrs Nkwanyana.
"We also encourage people to undergo medical male
circumcision as doing so reduces the chances of contracting the HIV
virus. Medical male circumcision services are available in hospitals
around the country. People can go to their nearest hospitals to get
circumcised," concluded Mrs Nkwanyana.
The IFP also encourages young people to abstain
from sex before marriage or practice safe sex by using condoms.
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL, IFP Spokesperson on Health, 084 736 5183 / 078 302 3991
For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675