Mapping Pathways is a multi-national project to develop and nurture a research-driven, community-led global understanding of the emerging evidence base around the adoption of antiretroviral-based prevention strategies to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The evidence base is more than results from clinical trials - it must include stakeholder and community perspectives as well.

02 March 2012

Encouraging South Africans to Get Tested in Order to Seek Treatment

When government made antiretrovirals (ARVs) available for people living with HIV/Aids, Grace Seopela grabbed the opportunity with both hands as she had a strong will to live and fight the virus.

Seopela, who is an HIV ambassador, has been living with HIV for the past eight years and is now encouraging South Africans to get tested as she has seen the benefits of taking treatment.

Speaking at the launch of the HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) campaign on Friday at Eskom's construction site of the Kusile power station in Mpumalanga, Seopela urged employees to know their status as this would empower them to make critical decisions about their lives.

"If it wasn't for government, which gives us treatment, maybe I wouldn't be alive today... When the treatment was made available to us, I grabbed that opportunity and now I control HIV ..." Seopela said.
About 80 percent of Eskom employees got tested last year when the campaign was launched at Medupi power station in Limpopo. This week, Eskom continued with its campaign to get employees to know their status.

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi was at Kusile today, where about 5 000 staff members got tested during the five-day campaign which started on Tuesday.
Chairperson of Eskom Holdings, Zoli Tsotsi, said the enthusiasm shown by staff members towards the campaign was encouraging, as 91 percent of Eskom employees now knew their HIV status.

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