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Motsoaledi: Men trailing in fight against HIV and Aids

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says men are trailing in the fight against HIV and Aids as they amount to only 30% of people who test for the virus.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: GCIS.

SOSHANGUVE - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says that men are trailing in the fight against HIV and Aids as they amount to only 30% of people who test for the virus.

He says that some people are still ignoring the pandemic.

Motsoaledi has joined deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa in Soshanguve, where they are talking to residents.

Motsoaledi says that while women are forced to test during pregnancies, their male counterparts are seldom taking steps to know their status.

He has called on men to be agents of change.

“The first change I’d like to see from men is they must know their status.”

Panel discussions are now underway on substance abuse and gender based violence, where the so-called Bluetooth phenomenon is also being discussed.

A presentation has been done by concerned community activists, telling the dignitaries how sharing blood in order to get high has become a danger to Pretoria townships.

WATCH: The Bluetooth High

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)