HIV/Aids

08 November 2010

Knowledge to fight HIV/Aids

At the second Positive Convention in Durban people living with HIV/Aids were encouraged to have more control and ownership of support groups, the SABC reported.

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At the second Positive Convention in Durban people living with HIV/Aids were encouraged to have more control and ownership of support groups, the SABC reported.

The Treatment Action Campaign's Lihle Dlamini said HIV-infected people themselves should take ownership of support groups.

Delegates have also urged government to employ knowledgeable health care workers, the SABC reported.

Dlamini says most care-givers have insufficient knowledge on how to administer medicines to HIV positive patients.

People living with HIV/Aids raised concerns over support groups led by what they described as money-driven HIV-negative people.

These were among the issues that were discussed at the second Positive Convention.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said leadership was needed in the fight against HIV/Aids in all communities.

Leadership in communities

"We must fund programmes dealing with HIV, care and prevention. We must give leadership in our communities.

"I'm happy with the HIV campaign in this province because of leadership," said Motsoaledi , speaking at the Positive Convention held at Elangeni Hotel.

He said people living with HIV/Aids should live positive lives and healthy lifestyles.

"People living negative must stay negative by taking care of themselves and others."

He said HIV positive people should be ambassadors in the fight against the disease.

"People living with HIV and Aids are ambassadors and faces of the HIV campaign."

(Sapa, November 2010)

 

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