PM urges 800 000 Emaswati to re­main HIV neg­a­tive

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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.

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