UKZN Student Services Division’s HIV and AIDS Programme has launched the 90-90-90 UNAIDS Strategy on the Westville campus, with participants going on a 5km fun walk in a show of support.
The 90-90-90 target, set by the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS, involves municipalities ensuring that by 2020, 90% of people living with HIV know their status, 90% living with HIV are on treatment and 90% on treatment have a suppressed viral load.
The UKZN HIV and AIDS Programme has committed itself to support the UNAIDS initiative by raising awareness and offering services to assist the eThekwini Municipality reach the strategy targets.
UKZN HIV and AIDS Programme Co-ordinator, Ms Nomonde Magantolo, said: ‘The aim of the campaign is to provide a collective identity and get youth in tertiary institutions to take responsibility for their health contributing positively to the world economy through appropriate lifestyle management.
‘Currently some students miss class to collect treatment or even default treatment due to time constraints, lack of money, stigma and discrimination. The way forward is to ensure care and aid for all by promoting a support group and using social media as well as intense adherence classes.’
‘The Department of Health has committed to support on-campus antiretroviral treatment initiation,’ said Magantolo.