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World Aids Day: Get tested

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says not enough people are getting themselves tested for HIV/Aids.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says not enough people are getting themselves tested for HIV/Aids.Picture: Stock.XCHNG

CAPE TOWN - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi fears many people are not taking the important step of getting themselves tested for HIV.

Today is World Aids Day and the minister will join a host of dignitaries at a World Aids Day event in Mpumalanga.

Recent statistics show more than five million people are HIV positive in the country.

Motsoaledi says it is vital people are made aware of the importance of being tested.

"We want to re-launch it because we believe that somehow the momentum was dying down. We want to remind people that the issue of getting tested is very important and they must continue with it."

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town says while it can pump massive resources into its HIV/Aids awareness campaigns, people still need to do their part and get tested.

The city's health directorate says nearly 600,000 people were tested for HIV in the Cape metro last year.

More than 24,000 have been put on antiretrovirals.

The city's Lungiswa James says, "They must take themselves seriously when it comes to health issues. We cannot look after everyone, we can only offer everything that they need. They have to take the initiative to come out and get tested."