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SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS group demands jobs from Northern Cape government

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JOHANNESBURG, 12 July (PLUSNEWS) - South Africa's National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA) are demanding that the Northern Cape government employ HIV-positive people in public hospitals and clinics.

"We feel government must be sensitive to the social backgrounds of HIV-positive people and not just hand out antiretroviral medicine," the South African Press Association quoted NAPWA spokesman, Shaine Griqua, as saying.

According to Griqua, many unemployed HIV-positive people did not qualify for disability grants because they were not sick enough.

NAPWA said employment in the public health sector could help alleviate the problems of social security and poverty for some of the people living with HIV/AIDS in the province.



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