We were thrilled to welcome the TUTU Tester to Westlake on Saturday 16 July. The TUTU Tester comes under the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, in partnership with US Aid and the French organisation, Alliance Francaise Developement. It is a highly sophisticated research mobile clinic,undertaking free TB and HIV testing (including CD4 counts), Blood Pressure monitoring, testing for diabetes, and Body Mass Index. It was a very successful event – 55 people in total were tested, and because many had to be turned away, they have decided to come back next week! We are still awaiting the final stats. WUCT would like to thank the Tutu Tester staff, as well as our staff who assisted, for giving up their Saturday to come and work extremely hard for 5 hours in the hot sun! We really appreciate their effort.
The Tutu Tester came again on 21 July AND 22 August ’11! Altogether they have tested 117 people in Westlake in the past 2 months! Awesome response! Thank you Tutu Tester!
Here are some interesting facts – (A new study conducted by the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation with the help of the TUTU Tester found that the longer you wait between HIV tests, the higher your risk of testing HIV positive).
– 1 in 4 adults in Masiphumelele (a township in the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town) is HIV positive.
– 1 in 20 who tested HIV negative within the last year are now HIV positive.
– 1 in 10 who hadn’t tested for 2 years are now HIV positive.
– Most positive tests occur in women ages 26-40 and men ages 31-45.
– 1 in 5 individuals who would need ART (HIV treatment) are not taking medicine.
“WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP REDUCE THE SPREAD OF HIV IN YOUR COMMUNITY?”
1. USE CONDOMS
2. TEST AGAIN
3. TEST OFTEN
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