Over 4000 Western Cape residents took part in an HIV testing campaign lottery
in February, provincial premier Helen Zille said.
"The data that has emerged from it has been encouraging, making a case for
the effectiveness of this kind of focused testing campaign," she told reporters
at the audited draw of five winners in Cape Town.
The province ran a campaign between February 4 and February 22 in each
district municipality of the Western Cape and in two sub-districts of the Cape
Those who took part stood a chance of winning one of five R10 000 cash
The winners of the campaign came from Bellville in Cape Town, Wittedrift in
the Eden district, Laingville on the West Coast, Kleinmond in the Overberg, and
Rondavels in the Central Karoo and Winelands district.
Their identities were not made known.
Zille said that of the 4001 people who took part, 55% were women.
"This is very significant, because ordinarily the gender breakdown of those
who test for HIV under normal circumstances is 30% male and 70% female," she
About 17% of the group claimed this was their first HIV test.
Three-quarters of the group tested was between the ages of 15 and 44, which
is the most-at-risk age bracket.
"Testing is a crucial step in our battle against HIV. We are hoping it
will become a part of people's lives. They go for a dental check-up once a year.
They should go for an HIV test [at least] once a year."