Dossier on HIV testing in schools is ready

February 9, 2011

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by Sne Masuku

The technical task team, which is looking at the key support and physiological impacts relating to the implementation of the proposed HIV testing at schools, is expected to present its recommendations to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga this week.

After having looked at the task team’s report and recommendations, the two ministers would then announce how much the initiative would cost the taxpayer.

Health Department spokesperson Fidel Hadebe could not say yesterday how much the project is going to cost, saying the ministers were still waiting for the task team’s report before making such public announcements.

Some of the questions that have been raised around the initiative include the time when the tests will be done to prevent taking up learning time, plans to ensure confidentiality, support for those who test positive, and the physiological implications of taking such a campaign to schools

A task team consisting of key stakeholders, including various health and education nongovernmental organisations, social workers, health care workers and community leaders, has been looking at the key support and physiological implications of taking such a campaign to schools.

The campaign has received a lot of praise and criticism at the same time.

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