Premier League goalkeeper inspired over 100 people to undergo an HIV test today
Premier League goalkeeper Njabuliso Simelane inspired over 100 people to undergo an HIV test at the Manzini bus rank today through the 'Test, Kick and Win promotion' facilitated by Population Service International (PSI) Swaziland.
‘Test, Kick and Win’ is aimed at reaching out to soccer fans throughout the kingdom by giving them an opportunity to interact with the kingdom’s best goalkeepers. Everyone who tests at these events automatically qualifies for a penalty shoot-out against the country’s top goal-keepers, Sandile ‘Nkomishi’ Ginindza and Njabuliso Simelane.
Those who score three consecutive goals win soccer replica jerseys of their choice and this creates a lot of excitement, especially among young men in both urban and rural settings. The activities are held at bus ranks and at communities, where existing gatherings are used to impart information on the importance of knowing one’s status. This campaign is expected to continue until August.
The ‘Test, Kick and Win’ promotion is part of the ‘A Man Knows’ campaign that primarily targets sexually active men which was launched in 2009 at Mbangweni Inkhundla in the Shiselweni region by the Minister of Health Benedict Xaba under the slogan “A man knows he is not a man until he tests”.
‘A Man Knows’ is a ground-breaking campaign implemented by the Ministry of Health through PSI Swaziland and other HIV Testing and Counselling (HTC) stakeholders. It is aimed at increasing the number of men who know their status throughout the country. The campaign’s key message is “A man knows…to be the best he has to test”.
Specifically, the campaign aims:
o To increase awareness of benefits and importance of knowledge of HIV status by men;
o To increase accessibility and uptake of HTC services by men;
o To address gender imbalance, norms and barriers to HTC service uptake and de-stigmatize HIV testing;
o To sensitize on the disadvantages of sexual violence related to HIV testing and condom use.
As part of a string of activities, PSI provides free HIV testing mobile services held to sensitise men to know their status. These include; dip-tank outreaches, tertiary Peer Educator sessions, soccer tournaments and workplace testing interventions for companies affiliated to the PSI Corporate AIDS Program (CAP).