Nationwide HIV testing campaign urges 600 Tygerberg Maties to know their status

Stellenbosch University’s annual HIV testing campaign will take place at Tygerberg and challenges Maties to be sure of their HIV status.

This year the campaign will run at the Health Science Faculty (Tygerberg Campus) weekdays from Monday, May 7 to Friday, May 11. The campaign urges any students and staff to come for a free and confidential HIV test, and has a specific focus on first year students.

“First Things First” aims to encourage young South Africans, our future leaders, to be responsible, get tested for HIV and to empower themselves.

Students can also stand a chance of being randomly selected to receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab.

With the support of key role players including the SRC, Maties Sport, Proffie & Pokkel, the Dean of Students and Prof Julian Smith, Vice Rector: Community Interaction and Personnel, you too can take a stand in this crucial campaign.

Jaco Brink, responsible for institutional HIV prevention stated that this year’s campaign on Stellenbosch campus was extremely succesful, testing more than 3 500 Maties, and is a testimony to how far the university has come in realising its vision of no new HIV infections on campus.