Tomorrow I will be going with Ben, Douglas and an outside counselor to do VCT (volunteer, counseling and testing) with a government department in Pretoria as the start of a week long VCT campaign kickoff on the 25th World AIDS Day. I will not be counseling but rather helping the other three with logistics and ensuring that the process runs smoothly. We will be using a test that doesn’t require drawing blood (unless one tests positive for HIV) but instead requires putting a testing device with a swab on the end in your mouth to get saliva which can be tested for HIV. If one is unfortunate to test positive then we use a disposable needle to prick the finger and a confirmatory test to see if they are really positive. If it comes up negative we do a third test and if this is inconclusive we let them know where they can find a clinic to be tested. The tests are supposed to be basically full proof so the results should be correct.
We will only have each person use the swab to test their saliva after someone who is positive gives a talk about “living positively” and
It will be an interesting way to pass the celebration of a quarter century of HIV/AIDS. I guess that sounds a bit strange but what people need to come to realize is that World AIDS Day is everyday as everyday thousands of people around the world die from AIDS related diseases and thousands more get infected or infect others. Here in