Our HIV awareness campaigns focus on fighting stigma and discrimination and encouraging people to know their status. We educate the community on how to manage the disease with ARVs and how to prevent new infections through formal and informal community dialogues and workshops, door-to-door outreach, follow-ups with ARV patients through local clinics, community-wide fun days with on-site testing, and public service announcements on national broadcasts. The number of people dying of AIDS has dropped in recent years, but the stigma that prevents people from testing, seeking or maintaining care, and/or preventing new infections remains strong. We continually seek to change attitudes around the disease to prevent new infections and allow those who have tested positive to lead normal, productive, happy lives.
In 2016, our HIV programmes resulted in:
PEOPLE REACHED BY DIALOGUES
MEN TESTED AT DIALOGUES
WOMEN TESTED AT DIALOGUES
PEOPLE TESTED AT FUN DAYS
2016 was a very successful year for our HIV programmes, but we still face many challenges. One major challenge is getting men, particularly older men, tested. We have a lot of success getting women tested, but there is huge opportunity for us to focus more on encouraging men to know their status. Another challenge mitigating the prevalence of new infections in young girls. Eventually we hope to strengthen our HIV focus in programmes for young women and create educational campaigns to focus on specific cultural practices which contribute to the prevalence of new infections in this population.
Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme (TVEP) is located in the Limpopo province of South Africa. We focus on providing prevention, empowerment and support services in five thematic areas: HIV/AIDS, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, and LGBTI/ minorities.
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