Aids Weekly Plus
Health 24 reported that last December, the Swedish Workplace HIV/AIDS Programme, Shell One Stop fuel stations, and Scania truck manufacturer Adcock Ingram conducted a truck driver-focused road safety and wellness campaign at Shell One Stops in Midrand, Bloemfontein, Middelburg, Polokwane, and Harrismith, South Africa. The campaign focused on HIV, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, and body mass index testing.
Dr. Eric Hefer, a member of the South African HIV Clinicians Society adult treatment guidelines committee, stated that truckers’ mobility made them more vulnerable to HIV. The campaign would help establish accurate data on truck drivers’ health and connect HIV-positive individuals to antiretroviral therapy (ART). According to Hefer, research indicated that ART was 96-percent effective and better than condoms, circumcision, and vaccination at preventing HIV transmission.
Mr. Steen Gram, after-sales director of Scania South Africa, stated that road safety began with the drivers, who could be most productive if they were well-trained, alert, and in good health. Gram reported that most drivers signed up voluntarily for the December screening and were interested in the wellness/safety initiative. The December effort reached 660 truck drivers; sponsors planned to repeat the successful campaign in April.