On Friday 1 December Health Systems trust was out in full force at the national World AIDS Day celebrations in Mthatha, Eastern Cape.
While our nurse-clinicians tended to patients in HST's mobile clinics, our lay counsellors educated community members on how to be tested and treated for HIV as well as how to adhere to medication.
We spoke to some people attending the World Aids Day celebration addressed by the Deputy President and Minister of Health:
"Things are getting better in my area. This year I have not seen a single baby born with HIV because mothers are taking up treatment to prevent mother-to-child transmission." - Nqabisa Mafuna, community health worker from Port St Johns.
"I'm a coach who works with children to build their self esteem because this makes them less likely to get infected. For those living with HIV, we empower them to know their status and adhere to treatment." - Thobo Thabede
"I came all the way from Port St Johns today because as a girl I need to protect myself, my family and others to stay HIV free." - Nontyatyambo Demesha (20)
"We work to support children infected and affected by Aids. We build a healthy mentality and compassion for the vulnerable, including themselves." - Snoux Poswa (48) from CINDI in Umthatha
"Mobile clinics are a great help for those of us working in the community. In rural areas it's very hard for people to get to the clinics for testing and treatment." - Patience Dlakavu from Sibangweni.
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