BuaNews, 3 October 2002,Eastern Cape Police Officers Test for HIV in Public, Edwin Tshivhidzo

Senior police officials in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, yesterday publicly tested for HIV as part of the South African Police Service (SAPS) attempts to address HIV/AIDS.

More than 20 senior officials voluntarily tested for the disease - a move which Superintendent Johan van Greunen said was aimed at encouraging junior police officers and the general public to follow suit to know their status.

The officers will be notified of their test results individually.

'It was also aimed at sending out a message to people to look after themselves and to always practice safe sex by using condoms,' said Superintendent Van Greunen.

'We want to show our communities that we care and we are doing our best to address the problem.'

As part of the programme, police officers in the province accompany social worker.