IT IS just after STI/Condom Awareness Week, which ended on 16 February. The message was simple – don’t let the joy of the moment ruin your life forever.

Nonceba Molwele, a member of the mayoral committee on health and social development in the City of Joburg, together with the Department of Health, has planned more roadshows nationwide for the rest of February to encourage people to practice safe sex and avoid spreading STIs or sexually transmitted infections.

With partners including HIVSA, Anova and Jozi Ihlomile, they shared info on HIV, sexually transmitted infections and medical male circumcision, TB screening, pap smears, blood pressure and HIV testing.

Molwele said: “Control and management of sexually transmitted infections is key in the fight against HIV/Aids, and is one of our main strategies used in efforts to reduce new HIV infections."

She said they have been conducting the awareness campaign in areas like health facilities, taxi ranks, townships and shopping centres around Joburg.

One of Lehae’s residents, Nozipho Dunge (35), was tested for HIV, blood pressure and diabetes at the Mount Olive Centre.

“Most of us here want to know our status so that we take care of ourselves but there is no local clinic, you must travel all the way to Lenasia,” she said.