MEN should play an active role in curbing the spread of HIV and Aids.
This was the main message during a men’s march, organised by the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department, against abuse of women and children, tuberculosis, HIV and Aids, held from Charles James hospital in Durban on Saturday.
The march, aimed at encouraging partnerships between men and women to promote voluntary testing, was done on the day of the opening of an ARV site and the launch of the step-down facility at the hospital.
KZN Health MEC Neliswa Nkonyeni told the marchers: “People should know their status, practise safe sex, live healthily and stop smoking and alcohol abuse. It is a well known fact that men are the ones who take decisions in sexual matters.”
She also challenged men who are not members of Men in Partnership Against AIDS to play their part in in curbing the pandemic.