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11.08.2009 Health

More people volunteer for HIV tests at Cape Coast

By David Alan Painstil, Apewossika, C/C - Ghanaian Chronicle
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More than ten people last week volunteered to take the HIV test at Apewosika, a suburb of the Cape Coast Metropolis, following an HIV/AIDS sensitisation programme held in the town.

Men and women, who attended the programme, which was organised ATL FM, a local radio station based in the University of Cape Coast (UCC), in collaboration with KEBA-Africa, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), and sponsored by the Ghana AIDS Commission, took their turns for the tests conducted by test kits specially provided for the programme.

This was after the Director of KEBA-Africa, Edward Asomaning, had taken them through a process that convinced them to volunteer for the test. According to him, it was proper for one to know his or her status, to enable them lead responsible lives, or get the needed help in case they have the disease.

He also took them through the use of both male and condoms, to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. The Manager of ATL FM, Mr. Kwabena Antwi-Konadu, said it was better for parents to teach their children how to use the condom, rather than leaving them to indulge in promiscuous sexual lives.

A representative of the Cape Coast Metropolitan Focal HIV/AIDS person, Mrs. Juliana Armah, called for total abstinence among the youth, adding that was the only way the spread of the disease could be reduced to the barest minimum.

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