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Have you got the moves? Condomising for Valentine’s Day

11 February 2022

Have you got the moves? TB HIV Care uses dance trend to promote condoms.

With Valentine’s Day comes an increased buzz around love, relationships and sex. But with studies showing a that fewer young people are using condoms, non profit organisation, TB HIV Care, partnered with local rapper KroBarz to encourage young people to opt for safer sex during the season of love. They offered R1000 to the person or team who could best replicate a dance challenge to an amapiano remix of KroBarz’s song ‘Condomise’.

Anyone wanting to enter could download the ‘Condomise’ song from the TB HIV Care Facebook or TikTok page. They then created a video replicating the Condomise dance moves and posted the video on their profile (TikTok, Facebook or Instagram) and @TBHIVCare, using the #tbhivcare#condomise hashtags.

According to Michelle Carey, Deputy Communications Manager at TB HIV Care, condoms are still important in keeping people safe and healthy, “We have wonderful new tools to prevent HIV, like PrEP
(a daily pill) and medical male circumcision, but condoms are still the only tool that can prevent both pregnancy and STIs, including HIV.”

Despite this fact, a national study by the Human Sciences Research Council published in 2019 showed that condom use among the youth (15-24 years old) had remained static between 2012 and 2017 at about 50% for females and 68% for males, but that this represented a significant drop from 2008 levels males. This is backed up by a recent release from the City of Cape Town which stated that male condom use had halved between 2019/20 and 2020/21 and that female condom use was a third of previous levels.

“Young people are smart and follow the trends. By using a dance challenge, we’re trying to inform them of the importance of using condoms in a fun way that lets them put their own spin on the message of safer sex,” said Ms. Carey.

The eventual winners were a group of PrEP ambassadors from the uThukela district in KwaZulu-Natal. They are pictured below with their voucher prizes and you can watch their creative submission here.

Being on ARVs can lead to (HIV) risk-free sex. Why do so few know?

Science tells us that HIV positive people on uninterrupted ARV treatment can get to a point where they cannot transmit the virus, as long as they remain on treatment. U=U, meaning ‘undetectable equals untransmittable’ is a groundbreaking campaign that promises HIV+ people that once viral suppression is reached, the virus cannot be transmitted to their sexual partner. Although evidence supporting U=U is now overwhelming, a study released in May 2021 (1) suggests that knowledge of this fact is poor, both globally, and in South Africa.

The implications of this lack of knowledge are serious, especially considering that the world failed to reach global HIV targets (to find 90% of people living with HIV, place 90% of them on antiretrovirals and ensure 90% of them became virally suppressed) by December 2020, that there are estimated to be 8,2 million people living with HIV (PLHIV) in South Africa (2) and that the number of people starting on ARVs dropped by 35% between the first quarter of 2019/20 and 2020/21 (13) .

As Harry Hausler, CEO of TB HIV Care, states, “In summary, South Africa has a large population of people living with HIV and the number of them starting on ARVs is dropping, despite the fact that ARVs are not only life-saving, they are simultaneously an excellent way of preventing new infections too.”

In response, TB HIV Care is working with partners, such as the Eastern Cape AIDS Council to launch campaigns to raise awareness of U=U and the fact that if you are on effective treatment and virally suppressed, you can’t transmit HIV. Some of the interventions being rolled out include digital incentive campaigns to encourage PLHIV to stay on treatment, community dialogues, and a comprehensive communications strategy which involves PLHIV telling their stories live on social media platforms.

1. Bor, J., Fischer, C., Modi, M. et al. Changing Knowledge and Attitudes Towards HIV Treatment-as-Prevention and
“Undetectable = Untransmittable”: A Systematic Review. AIDS Behav 25, 4209–4224 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-
021-03296-8
2. StatsSA. 2021. Mid year population estimate. https://www.statssa.gov.za/publications/P0302/P03022021.pdf
3. SANAC. 2021. World AIDS Day Concept Note.

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION (RFQ) – REVIEWING OF 10 CUSTOM-DESIGNED SPUTUM COLLECTION BOOTHS – EXTENDED

The World Health Organization (WHO) identifies sputum collection as a high-risk activity. Research indicates that many South African healthcare institutions make use of suboptimal facilities for sputum collection. These include washrooms, or patient bedsides. The Infection Policy Control (IPC) measures stipulate that proper infection control measures need to be observed when collecting sputum and ideally should be done at a proper designated area.

Following a risk assessment of facilities in eThekwini Metro, Kwa-Zulu Natal, a total of 10 facilities were selected for the placement of 10 mechanical sputum booths. These facilities are as follows: R. K. Khan Gateway, Mpumalanga clinic, Haley Stott clinic, Addington gateway, Inanda CHC, Hlengisizwe CHC, Verulam clinic, Addington hospital, Amaoti clinic and Clairwood gateway.

With the support of the Global Fund (GF), the National Department of Health (NDoH) through TB HIV Care is requesting quotations from qualified consultants (individuals or firms) to conduct an assessment of the safety, feasibility and cost effectiveness of 10 custom-designed sputum collection booths placed in 10 facilities in eThekwini metro, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

LINK TO TERMS OF REFERENCE

The assignment will be conducted at a level of effort not more than two months starting in January 2021.

Interested parties are invited to submit enquiries directly to: Ms Amanda Fononda. Email: Amandaf@tbhivcare.org

The closing date for quotations is 15 December 2021 and must be emailed to procurement@tbhivcare.org
Email subject line to reflect as: Sputum booth evaluation: eThekwini