Solwezi District Aids Task Force (DATF) chairperson, David Manda says his team is targeting to test 20,000 people for HIV in the district during the coming 14 days of activism to encourage HIV testing and counselling.
ZANIS reports that Mr.Manda revealed that the task force is committed to reducing the rate of HIV infections in the district by ensuring that those who test positive among the 20, 000 are immediately put on treatment and those who test negative are encouraged to live a lifestyle which maintains their status.
Mr. Manda said the task force is targeting to test all the 15 key segments identified by national Aids council as being vulnerable to HIV.
The sensitization programmes have been lined up by various stakeholders ahead of the 2018 HIV testing, counselling and treatment day which falls on 15th August under the theme, “My family, my nation, my responsibility”.
The DATF) chairperson appealed to other stakeholders to render support to the task force in any way as the fight against HIV is everyone’s responsibly.
He further encouraged members of the public to ensure that they know their status by getting tested for HIV.