KEETMANSHOOP: The commander of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Karas Region, Commissioner Armas Shivute today urged all police officers in the region to have themselves tested for HIV.
Speaking at a police peer educators’ seminar taking place here, Shivute urged the officers to have themselves tested regularly in order to make the right decisions and for those found to be HIV-positive, to receive the necessary treatment.
He said they all know there is no cure for HIV/AIDS yet, therefore prevention remains paramount, and thus urged everyone to get tested and also encourage their families and friends to be tested regularly.
Shivute stated that one of his priorities for this year is to ensure that all police officers in the region get the message on how to prevent new HIV/AIDS infections, and this will contribute to the global campaign of getting to zero new infections.
The annual seminar is aimed at informing the peer educators in the police force about, amongst other things, social and behaviour change, HIV counselling and testing, condom provision and male circumcision.