The IFP has the following messages on
World AIDS Day:
· To President Mbeki:
Come off the fence. Speak openly and
regularly about HIV. Admit the high profile people who are dying
of HIV and become a role model for openness.
· To people with HIV/AIDS:
Take heart and find a centre that provides
anti retrovirals. Conventional medication together with
vitamins, exercise, a good diet and a healthy lifestyle will
give you a long and happy life.
Be open and spread the word about HIV,
thereby breaking the stigma and helping your fellows not to
· To young people who are not infected:
Stay that way. Have one sexual partner and
know that person's HIV status.
Convert your sexual energy into sport,
exercise and other active healthy lifestyle pursuits.
· To married couples:
Be faithful and if you suspect that your
partner is not, both of you must have regular HIV tests.
· To couples about to be married:
Have yourselves tested for HIV before you
have penetrative sex or try to have children.
· To parents:
Talk to your children about sex and teach
them the dangers of becoming HIV infected.
· To doctors:
Do HIV tests on all your patients who
appear to require it, tell all of them their results, counsel
them and inform their spouses if they are positive.
· To statisticians:
Don't research the obvious. Provide us
with current data and realistic figures on how may people are
tested, how many are infected, how many have died and how many
are on treatment.
· To donor organisations:
Don't work only with and through
government. Find a way to fund and hold accountable NGOs that
have no link with the ruling party.
· To Minister Manto Shabalala Msimang:
Drop Dr Raath and work with all the
international donors who are longing to assist you fight the
epidemic. Provide mores tests, nevirapine for pregnant women and
give the provinces autonomy to roll out the antiretroviral
Implement the IFP's health policy to make
your health system efficient, accountable and compassionate, so
that your health services can contribute to the solution and not
to the problem.
To all South Africans:
Hold government accountable. Get involved
and make sure you use your power through the ballot box.
Dr Ruth Rabinowitz M.P(MB BCh)
Cell: 082 579 3698