New students reluctant to test for HIV

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The campus, which is outside Thohoyandou, hosted a two-day HIV testing campaign recently. They had targeted to test about 1500 students and came very close with 1470 students being tested, and the good news is that only six of them tested positive for HIV.

However, the head of the clinic, Grace Morulane said very few new students took the test and the clinic will have to work hard to convince them about the importance of knowing their status.

“Though we are happy with the number of returning students who are willing to get tested and know their status, we are also concerned about the limited number of new students willing to get tested. To win the battle against HIV/Aids we must all be willing to get tested and know our statuses,” she said.

Testing campaign

Morulane said the number of returning students who managed to participate in the testing campaign gave her hope that the college was creating leaders who are willing to take responsibility for their health and well-being.

She said she was also buoyed by the number of students who collected condoms from the clinic daily. “Every morning we distribute condoms outside the campus clinic and students take them,” she said.

The Vhembe district was identified last year as having a high HIV-positive rate for teenagers, prompting Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba to visit schools in the area to talk to learners about HIV and teenage pregnancies.

 Mukhwantheli Secondary school in Dididi village, outside Thohoyandou, had 36 pregnant learners while 31 learners, aged between nine and 19 from both primary and secondary schools in the area were HIV-positive. – Health-e News.


  • Ndivhuwo Mukwevho

    Ndivhuwo Mukwevho is citizen journalist who is based in the Vhembe District of Limpopo province. He joined OurHealth in 2015 and his interests lie in investigative journalism and reporting the untold stories of disadvantaged rural communities. Ndivhuwo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies from the University of Venda and he is currently a registered student with UNISA.

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