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Good as gents

“At the end of the day, the only thing that is killing us is not talking. We don’t talk to each other. We think we are vibing. We think we are good as gents when we are together, but actually, we are not good because we don’t talk about our feelings. We talk about what we are facing at that moment and then pass. But at the end of the day, when we all go to sleep, we know what is eating us inside.” – Lukhano Mendu Lukhano Mendu was unsure about getting tested for HIV but when he heard…

Youth Summit 2023 Report

NACOSA’s Youth Summit provided a platform for addressing the critical issue of gender-based violence. The summit, attended by 86 young leaders and ambassadors, along with NACOSA staff and partners, highlighted the urgency of adopting a multi-sectoral, youth-friendly, and inclusive approach to combat GBV effectively. The event’s theme, Youth rising against GBV and HIV was shaped by the young people we work with and guided by the principles of the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF). READ THE REPORT >  

Improving Community Safety

To creatively improve harm reduction and reduce the risks associated with using needles and syringes, NACOSA in partnership with Cape Town Central Improvement District (CCID), TB HIV Care and Durban University of Technology (DUT) are starting a pilot project that will introduce public sharps containers around South Africa. Public Sharp containers would be non-penetrable and tamper proof bins placed in dedicated public areas where injecting occurs that people who inject drugs can safely and correctly discard their needles and syringes. NACOSA has been at the forefront of procuring and distributing  sterile needles and syringes through its district implementers to reduce…