PM urges 800 000 Emaswati to remain HIV negative
Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini has encouraged men to take a lead in HIV testing, noting that women have been leading in testing.
The prime minister, who is attending a national assignment in Poland, was represented by the Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku. He was speaking during the commemoration of the 30th World AIDS Day held at Mayaluka yesterday. The PM pointed out that the theme for World AIDS day 2018 is ‘Know your HIV status’. He said the focus is on revitalising the benefits of knowing one’s HIV status and the importance of accessing the relevant services and to mobilise everyone to overcome fear and stigma and to test and know their individual HIV status. “It is encouraging to learn that women have been leading in testing for HIV. May I call upon all men and boys to take advantage of available testing services, including the recently introduced self-testing technologies, to know their status. Ningasaleli emuva bobabe. Asisatini simo setfu sengati sitawuphila, sivikele siphindze sondle ngalokufanele imindeni yetfu. Without your full participation, it will be a struggle to end AIDS in Eswatini,” he said. On another note, the prime minister said it was encouraging to note that about 800 000 Emaswati are HIV negative and requested them to protect themselves from contracting HIV to maintain the figure.
He added that there is a need to reduce the number of people getting infected annually estimated at 7 000. This figure, he said, must be decreased at least by 85 per cent by 2022.