oa South African Family Practice - Testing, treating, and preventing : editorial

Volume 52, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



On Sunday 25 April 2010 the South African government finally made a 180-degree turn in the HIV /AIDS policy of Thabo Mbeki and his minister of Health, the late Manto Thsabala-Msimang. President Zuma launched an ambitious campaign to establish the HIV status of 15 million South Africans over the next 12 months. The HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) Campaign, as it is formally known, is widely considered to be the single most important intervention aimed at turning the tide against HIV in South Africa. The aim of the campaign is to offer free HIV counselling and testing to all people living in South Africa. Health practitioners will be expected to offer counselling and testing to every patient consulting them.

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