“Government alone cannot win the battle against HIV/AIDS, TB, STIs and COVID-19. We all have to take responsibility for our health.”These are the words of Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor Alderwoman Tania Campbell when addressing delegates at the World AIDS Day commemoration at Duduza Multipurpose Centre in Duduza on Wednesday, 1 December 2021.
It was revealed at the World AIDS Day commemoration that the City of Ekurhuleni has the second-highest HIV burden in Gauteng province and the third-highest nationally with a total of 56 4900 people living with HIV aged between 15 years and older. While the staggering number of people living with HIV in the City of Ekurhuleni is an alarming disclosure, the City is steadfast in providing a wide range of health services through primary health care facilities and hospitals supported by development partners.
The City’s AIDS Council established in September 2019 walks the journey with Ekurhuleni residents through the provision of support and counselling on how to positively live when infected or affected by HIV.
A candle-lighting ceremony was also held in memory of those who have passed, and to keep the candle of faith burning for those who are affected and infected by HIV.
Activities of the day included free HIV testing and counselling, free condom distribution and COVID-19 vaccination.
The theme for World AIDS Day 2021 is Working Together to End Inequalities, AIDS, TB & COVID-19. Get tested, get vaccinated, adhere to treatment.