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 Nkwanyana, MPL. 

"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. 

 

Issued by:
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