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PlusNews Weekly Issue 174, 26 March 2004

1. Million Men March

The Million Men March, organised by the KZN Provincial HIV/AIDS Action Unit, will take place this weekend, on 27 March 2004, in Durban, South Africa. From 10h00 to 15h30, men, faith leaders, traditional leaders and leadership from other sectors of South African society will march to draw attention to the escalating HIV/AIDS crisis.

Contact: Rev D Thanga, KZN Provincial HIV/AIDS Action Unit.
Tel: 27 (0) 31 3277839.

2. Screening of "Deadly Myths?"

The Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking (HIVAN) and the World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP) will be screening "Deadly Myths?" from 17h30 to 19h30 on 15 April 2004, at the Steve Biko Lecture Theatre, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal. This 50-minute documentary, produced by HIVAN's Deputy Director: Social and Behavioural Sciences, Jill Kruger, outlines and explores the myths surrounding the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

There will be a discussion after the screening, to be chaired by Rabbi Michael Standfield. Discussants include Prof Suzanne Leclerc-Madlala, Prof Jerry Coovadia, Phumzile Ndlovu (HIVAN Researcher), Anam Nyembezi (HIVAN Researcher), Patience Koloko (President, Traditional Healers Council), Sr Beryl Naidoo (Matron, Chatsworth Hospice) and Jill Kruger.

Those interesting in attending the screening must RSVP by 01 April 2004 to:
Thembe Malinga - Tel: 031 268 5809.
Fax: 031 209 8883.
Email: or
Fathima Abdulla - Tel: 031 2604653.
Fax: 031 2604623.

3. A Guide to Integrating HIV Voluntary Counseling And Testing Services Into Reproductive Health Settings

This guide, produced by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), provides information on how to integrate voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) for HIV/AIDS into sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programmes. Benefits of integration include increased access to services for people wishing to know their HIV status; opportunities for providing SRH care to groups such as young people and men who might not otherwise access such services; and the potential for saving costs due to similarities in infrastructure and core skills between VCT and SRH programmes. Challenges are also identified, including the perception that service quality has suffered because of integration; the stigma against HIV testing; and the possible strain on financial and human resources.

Available online at:
www.ippf.org pdf Format




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