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South Africa: Public Servants Get Tested for HIV
Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201209271108.html
Source Date: Monday, October 22, 2012
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 22, 2012

The initiative is aimed at improving the morale of public servants and also offers improved management of support services to employees in need of HIV and TB treatment, care and support.
HCT is a government-led prevention and HIV testing promotion campaign that is central to the National Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS, Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs) and TB.
The Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe as the Chairperson of SANAC, together with the Departments of Public Service and Administration and Health, will launch the campaign.
The programme will include the "Launch of the HCT Intensification and Employee Health and Wellness (EHW) Guidelines" by the DPSA, followed by the Deputy President's keynote address on "Mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS into Core Business of Government Departments".
During the event, a large number of Directors-General are expected to pledge their commitment to the eight principles of mainstreaming HIV and AIDS in the public service.
HCT services for public servants will include comprehensive health screening of body mass index, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels as well as HIV counselling and testing and TB screening, amongst others.
No HIV and TB treatment will be initiated on site, but clients meeting the qualifying criteria will be referred to the nearest health facility.

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