Competition time: #TellYourStory

Many men in South Africa don’t want to get tested for HIV! Not only that, they fear going for general health check-ups. What can we do to help our brothers?

Some men like to say “when it rains I don’t use an umbrella, so why should I use protection when I have sex?” The sad reality is, one of the most common ways HIV and STIs are passed on is by having sex without a condom, yet ama’gents still don’t want to wear protection – but why?

In not more than 200 words, #TellYourStory and win by answering one of the questions below and stand a chance to win your share of R250 in airtime and be published on Your story might inspire an HIV-free generation.

1.       When last did you get tested? How was it for you? Tell us your story.

2.       Why do you think it’s important to get tested regularly?

3.       Why do you think men are afraid of getting tested? Do you know your status?

4.       Have you ever tested for an STI? How would you know if you had an STI?

To submit your story, click on 'Submit a YOUR WORDS article here' at the top of this page. We'll contact you to let you know if you're a lucky winner.

Do you want to get tested for HIV and STIs, but don’t know where your local clinic is? You can find your local clinic and rate the service you receive by clicking here.

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Anonymous 23 May 2018 09:04

Hi, I'm a 23 year old and I'm HIV positive, I have a baby that has just turned 1 and was tested negative at 6 weeks old. I have only been breastfeeding him and now want to stop because of the biting during the feeding, I'm scared he might get infected hence the biting leave cuts on my nipples, my question is what type of milk can I introduce him to because at the clinic they said I must not give him baby baby formula, please help

B-Wise Expert Expert 28 May 2018 07:23

Hi Anonymous. Breast milk is usually the best milk for your baby but considering the circumstances it's best you stop breast feeding as it may put your baby at risk. You can go back to your nearest clinic so they can give you further options. Babies need plenty of nutritional support so your doctor or nurse can advise on other best options for your baby so you can have a healthy baby. Make sure you keep taking your ARVs all through and the rest of your life.

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