The Gay & Lesbian Network (GLN) took part in the UKZN HIV/AIDS programme’s candle light event. Students, staff and guests packed into Collin Webb Hall to take part in a Candle Lighting Memorial in support of the fight against HIV/AIDS. The UKZN AIDS Programme aligns itself with this annual international initiative to remind the university community of the AIDS struggle and to motivate the masses about their responsibility in the fight against the scourge.
The ceremony remembers those who have passed on after having fought the AIDS battle. They inspire those who are living positively with the disease and who are doing everything to conquer the struggle against HIV/AIDS, STI’s and TB. We need to remember that while we have lost loved ones we can live positively whether HIV positive or HIV negative.
The Gay & Lesbian Network were there to help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and other STI’s, hate crimes and stigmas that affect the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex community (LGBTI) and were also giving away free lubricants and condoms.
Many students gathered around the Gay & Lesbian Network tent to find out more about the work that the Gay & Lesbian Network does, which also includes free HIV testing and counselling. If you would like to be tested, you may visit the Gay & Lesbian Network at their office at 187a Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg or call them on +27 33 342 6165 for more information.