It’s day 3 of the 4th SA Aids conference.
And so far only about 350 of 4000 plus delegates have taken up the offer of a free HIV test at the conference.
Gerhard Lombard of the Positivelife project, which is doing the HIV testing, thinks the numbers will rise to about 500 by the time the conference closes at midday tomorrow.
Once again numbers of delegates testing for HIV are low…like they were at the 2nd SA Aids conference and the 3rd SA Aids conference.
Is it because most of the delegates know their HIV status, or are they just scared?
Certainly the testing service is excellent and I didn’t have to wait for a minute.
The organisation gives the option of skipping pre-test counselling, which saves on time and isn’t needed by people doing regular testing, like myself.
I have done so many tests in my job as an HIV reporter, and I didn’t want to run through the facts of HIV again.
The nurse who did the rapid test (a finger prick) was efficient and the counsellor was friendly.
Positivelife also gives people a written test result to take away with them.
But mostly their tents are standing empty.
To encourage HIV testing, Sunday Times and Discovery Health launched a competition in which you can win R100 000 for taking an HIV test.
The only entry requirement of the Right to Know competition is to take an HIV test with counselling and collect your results.
Every month one person will be R100 000 richer after a draw. The competition runs until June this year so enter now before it’s too late.
For more information visit: www.righttoknow.co.za