Striving Towards Zero Infection
The UKZN HIV/AIDS Programme in partnership with the Campus Health Clinic and the Department of Health held a Candlelight Memorial at the Margaret Martin Lecture Theatre.
The aim of the event was to remember those who have died because of HIV/AIDS as well as those infected by the disease.
On the same platform, the AIDS Programme offered an opportunity to discuss issues affecting the students such as the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS, embracing sexual diversity, and gender-based violence.
The Executive Director of Student Services, Dr Sibusiso Chalufu, emphasised the importance of responsible behaviour.
Mr Sizwe Mthembu of the Family Life Institute spoke about the peer pressure students are exposed to on campus saying students are from different financial backgrounds and therefore should not compete amongst each other.
Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator at Edgewood, Dr Sithabile Ntombela, spoke on the importance of education and also encouraged good behaviour among UKZN students.
The HIV/AIDS Programme Co-ordinator, Ms Nomonde Magantolo, encouraged students to get tested so they could be aware of their HIV status and continue living healthy lifestyles.
- Kenneth Qalaza