The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has encouraged households to be open to giving blood samples in their annual National HIV and Behaviour Survey.
HSRC Research Director Dr Sizulu Moyo says the national survey has been well received thus far, but some have been reluctant to give blood samples in addition to the questionnaire.
We would encourage people to give us blood.. and we would also encourage for them to test for HIV.— Dr Sizulu Moyo , Research Director at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
The study started in December in KwaZulu-Natal, in January in Western Cape and Gauteng, and finally in February and March in the rest of the provinces.
Teams of field workers have been collecting behavioural survey data and blood samples across the country have reported an encouraging response rate from the public.
It has targeting 60 000 randomly but scientifically selected individuals across the country, but has gone through the necessary community engagement processes, Dr Moyo.
Moyo says the survey helps better understands South African's attitudes and behaviours towards HIV/Aids.
She says that it will benefit both the individual and study if individuals and communities offer blood samples and test for HIV, for their own well-being.
It's important for people to test for themselves so that they can know their status and can receive the appropriate care if they need.— Dr Sizulu Moyo , Research Director at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
HIV is no longer a condition that people need to be scared of.— Dr Sizulu Moyo , Research Director at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Take a listen to her explain the survey process and outcomes: