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SOUTH AFRICA: HIV Testing Goes Mobile


Gadget (South Africa) (11.27.12) Aids Weekly Plus

YoungAfricaLive (YAL), a free mobile social network, will provide information on HIV testing sites in South Africa beginning on World AIDS Day, December 1. YAL was launched in South Africa on December 1, 2009, as an entertainment-oriented, fun, and interactive space for young South Africans to communicate about hot topics that affect their daily lives such as love, sex, relationships, gender and cultural issues, as well as HIV/AIDS. The YAL mobile social network has grown to almost 1.3 million users, making it South Africa’s largest mobile social network on sexual and reproductive health. The info4africa database (formerly HIVAN/HIV-911), the most complete database of HIV Counseling and Testing sites in South Africa, has now been integrated into YAL, giving users the ability to search for and find the nearest HIV counseling and testing site anywhere in South Africa. Users will find a link to the new feature on the homepage of YAL SA on Vodafone Live and can then query the info4africa HIV data by means of a series of drop-down menus to find a clinic in a specific province, city, or suburb in South Africa. Once the user has chosen the clinic, the information provided includes the name of the clinic, its address, a click-to-call phone number, and the type of services available.


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