Know your HIV status, president calls on men.
Subject: HIV infection (Demographic aspects)
HIV infection (Prevention)
Presidents (Messages)
Pub Date: 06/01/2008
Publication: Name: Sister Namibia Publisher: Sister Namibia Audience: Academic; General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 Sister Namibia ISSN: 1026-9126
Issue: Date: June, 2008 Source Volume: 20 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 290 Public affairs
Persons: Named Person: Pohamba, Hifikepunye
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Namibia Geographic Code: 6NAMI Namibia
Accession Number: 184550008
Full Text: Disturbed by men's unenthusiastic attitude towards HIV and Aids, President Hifikepunye Pohamba has strongly urged men in the country to act now by going for HIV tests before it is too late. The call was made in February during the first-ever male conference on HIV/Aids in Namibia. Over 200 delegates including ministers and their deputies, high-ranking government officials, traditional and religious leaders and captains of different industries attended the conference.

Statistics show that only 17 percent of Namibian men have shown keen interest in knowing their status. "Most men are not tested and do not know their status," lamented the President. He pleaded with all men in the country to cultivate the habit of knowing their status.

"We cannot leave our women alone to carry out this fight. It is a great concern that when it comes to HIV and Aids treatment and care, our health facilities record more women than men," added the Head of State.

Unfortunately, men have taken a back seat and are still not ready to accompany their partners to receive the full complement and benefits of the services provided in the fight against the pandemic. Worse still, men who seek health services only do so when the illness is advanced.

The President said while women take a proactive role in knowing their status and take relevant steps, men are not supportive of women. "In many instances, our women cannot even disclose their positive HIV status to their spouses or partners for fear of rejection and the violence that often follows such disclosures," added Pohamba.

He reiterated, "This call is once again a call upon men to come out and demonstrate our known bravery in this fight against the HIV/Aids epidemic." The one-day conference was held under the theme "Namibian Men and HIV/Aids, Our Time to Act".

Source: New Era

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