STI/Condom Week proved to be a very busy and productive week for Health4Men in both Gauteng and Western Cape. Numerous events were scheduled in Khayelitsha, Soweto and other locations over the period 12-18 February 2012.
Community events in Cape Town took place in association with the City of Cape Town Health Department, the Western Cape Department of Health and other non-profit organisations and included Site C taxi rank (Khayelitsha), Khayelitsha Mall and Kuyasa Men’s Clinic. Events included HIV testing drives, educational talks on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and condom distribution. In the Western Cape, 385 females were tested and 306 men – a total of 691.
In Johannesburg, Health4Men participated in numerous events for STI/Condom Week, including the Healthy Lifestyle Exhibition that was organized by the University of Johannesburg Campus Health Centre. The outreach staff reached out to students – distributing condoms and lubes, IEC materials and conducting informal talks on health education. This event was hosted by UJ and took place the whole week on different parts of UJ's campus. On Valentine's Day, Health4Men also went back to the Rec Room for our monthly HCT service visit.The SANCA LGBTI drive took place on 18 February 2012 in Meadowlands. The event started with a march for the LGBTI rights and against drug abuse. This was a collaboration effort of the City of Joburg Region D, SANCA, Isizinda Sempilo, SOHACA, SAPS and the community representatives. COJ Region G, invited Health4men outreach to do HCT on their Healthy Lifestyle Campaign which started with a 5km walk. COJ was providing other tests for the community such as blood pressure checks and glucose tests. A total of 143 people were tested in Johannesburg with 41 females and 94 males.