Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentines Day get tested campaign kicks off

By Odette Ismail
14 February 2007

The City of Cape Town is encouraging couples to have themselves tested for HIV during the hype of St Valentines Day on February 14th.

The City has set up testing units at various locations around the Peninsula.

“We are encouraging couples to come and get tested for HIV to get to know their status, if you really love somebody, show that you love them by coming together as a couple and finding out your status and changing your sexual behaviour to practice safer sex,” says executive director of City Health Dr Ivan Toms.

Toms says that in South Africa, it is really important to use key days like Valentines Day to encourage couples to face their fears of HIV.

Counselor Martin Fienies, the Mayoral Committee Member for Health said that the City has always been committed to strategies to fight HIV and Aids. He says they welcome the partnership with Levi Strauss SA and New Start for a Valentines Outreach.

The test is free and is not only aimed at couples, but singles too.

Get tested at the following malls today (09:00-15:00):

· Khayelitsha Mall
· Tygervalley Mall
· Maynard Mall, Wynberg
· St George’s Mall
· Nynaga Junction, Nyanga Station
· Vineyard Centre, cnr Andries Pretorius and Church Streets, Somerset West

On the 15 and 16 February testing will also take place at the Promenade Mall in Mitchell's Plain. Cape Town resident's are strongly encouraged to attend.

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