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Humana People to People South Africa (HPPSA) is taking part in the 8th Southern African AIDS Conference, which is being held from the 13th to the 15th of June 2017 in Durban ICC. The conference is a gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, people living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the epidemic.


The conference which is being held under the theme, "The Long Walk to Prevention: Every Voice Counts", looks at the progress made related to the social and structural changes required for HIV/AIDS prevention in Southern Africa.

According to Dr Sue Goldstein, the Conference Chairperson, Southern Africa is in its strongest position yet when it comes to control of the AIDS epidemic, however there are a number of major gaps that still need to be addressed and plugged. She further says prevention has always been the poor relative of the epidemic.

IMG 4696With the aim to assist in reducing the high number of new HIV infections in South Africa and linking high incident communities and key populations to HIV and TB prevention, care and support services, HPPSA initiated an intervention called a Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE). TCE program does not only help to reduce the number of new HIV infections but also equips individuals with the tools they need to take control of the epidemic, break down the stigma that still surrounds the epidemics as well as to stop the spread of HIV.

Founded on the ethos that "Only the people can liberate themselves from HIV", TCE is currently the largest mobile HIV home testing and counselling unique approach in the country that runs in 5 provinces empowering communities to fight the challenges of HIV/AIDS and TB. The program reaches every single person in its operational area through door-to-door campaigns, individual counselling, and community mobilisation.

TCE recruits and employ community members to create development, train them as Field Officers, Peer Educators and Counsellors that are responsible for carrying out campaigns of community sensitization about, and mobilization against HIV and AIDS. In the 8th Southern African Conference you can find the latest advances in basic sciences alongside an emphasis on how to be part of lasting change to prevent new infections.

 

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13 June 2017

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