Hlengiwe from Whizzkids talks to Sizabantwana about symptoms and treatments of HIV in learners

This week Ms Hlengiwe Sikhakane is an ARV adherence counsellor and Ms Nonhlanhla Ncobo, a house from Whizzkids came to talk to the Sizabantwana teachers about HIV and HIV treatment in children, as well as the excellent work that her institution does for communities in Pietermaritzburg.

Ms Sikhakane discussed the difference between congenital and acquired HIV as well as some of the challenges with childhood adherence to ARVs. Some of the factors which affect ARV adherence in children include awareness, as some parents choose to withhold their child's status from them or explain why it is necessary for the child to take ARVs; peer-pressure and stigma.

Ms Ncobo spoke to the teachers about the Whizzkids community outreach and institution. The centre offers counselling and healthcare services as well as extra mural activities to children in the Edendale community between the ages of 12 and 24. This includes clinical services, family planning, testing and treatment of STIs as well as homework clubs, a library and book club and sport activities. The centre strives to help young people reach their potential!

On behalf of Sizabantwana we would like to extend our thanks to both Hlengiwe and Nonhlanhla for their bravery in sharing with us, for their insight into a very important issue facing our communities and for the amazing work they do for their community!

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