HIV testing for MPs

Parliamentarians will also be screened for high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MPs) need to show leadership in the fight against HIV/Aids, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Tuesday.

A two-day HIV testing and counselling campaign was launched in the National Assembly this afternoon.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who chairs the South African National Aids Council, launched the campaign.

MPs and other staff will also be screened for high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.

Motsoaledi says everyone should have HIV counselling and testing each year.

"Every South African should test annually, regardless of age, status or station in life."

South Africa has one of the highest numbers of people living with HIV in the world.

Government has vowed to intensify the fight against new infections.