Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Health And Welfare

HIV/Aids scrubs medical professionals as walking billboards for positive HIV/Aids messages

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According to the United Nations statistics of 2019 HIV/Aids is one of the most serious health  concerns in South Africa and with the country having the highest number of people  living with HIV of any country. Additionally, South Africa has the fourth highest adult HIV prevalence rate.  
 
Once considered a death sentence, HIV/Aids is now a manageable chronic disease   but Covid 19 has  presented some new challenges says Lebo RapetswaStru Movement MD. 
 
In Nelson Mandela Bay, the horror of covid 19 has taken a heavy toll on communities,  with doctors at high risk of contracting and succumbing to the virus 
 
“I went to Motherwell in Nelson Mandela Bay this other weekend; most people were not  wearing their masks. It creates anxiety for people like me.  You don’t know who others have come in contact with you do your best to protect yourself,” says Rapetswa 
 
Our approach this time is having the medical profession saying thank you to the broader public   for being active participants in taking their ARVs. Stru Movemement will be visiting  Eastern Cape hospitals and have a discussion with management in the hospitals on how using their equipment can help fight the virus 
 
StruMovement is rooted in social advocacy and social activism, now we are getting into that space  with the medical professionals, where in the scrubs they will be walking billboards  for the HIV message and other health afflictions. Millions are already making an effort to be healthy despite the diagnosis, we are 
acknowledging those efforts,says Rapetswa. 
 

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