As the world commemorated Aids Day, the community of Kagiso, St Peter’s were not any different. The parish health desk took to the stands the awareness of the HIV and Aids pandemic. Mirriam Pone Modimokwane, the parish portfolio Chairperson emphasized that families should stop discriminating those who are living with the HI Virus. She encouraged all to take advantage in getting tested and knowing their status as free testing is available from all local clinics. By far South Africa has been noted to be the country with the best practice to deal with HIV.
Over 17 million people have been tested and with more than 2 million people put on antiretroviral treatment which they are getting free from the government. Though HIV and Aids remains a major health challenge in our country as thousands of people continue to die needlessly because they are not receiving treatment. People, especially Youth were urged to abstain and only engage in sex after marriage.
As per the Pope’s advice, a form of contraceptive can be used by married couples to avoid the spread and re-infection of the virus to one another. After Miriam’s address to the masses, a candle light ceremony took place where people infected and affected with the virus were remembered in prayer. People were given Aids pins after Mass and booklets on HIV and Aids education.
Lebo WA Majahe