New Campaign Calls on SA men to test for HIV

Brothers for Life

Brothers for Life cares about South African men, which is why we have launched a campaign to encourage men to test for HIV. Our message: Negative of Positive, you are the same person. If you are negative, you can stay that way with MMC and condoms. If you are positive, you can control the virus with ARVs and make sure you use condoms to protect your partners. Yes, you should eat healthy food, exercise regularly and drink less. All of us should do that if we want to live long, healthy lives.

10 million South Africans test for HIV every year, and we want to encourage each and every one of us to test. If we know our status, we can take care of ourselves and our partners.

We know that there are many men out there who are afraid of testing because they believe that their lives will change for the worse if they know their status. This may have been the case in the past, but not today. Today, if a person starts ARVs and stays on the treatment, they can lower their viral load and carry on with their lives.

Men also tell us that they are scared that they will lose the love and support of their friends and families if they are positive. Most people find that the opposite is true, and that their relationships are exactly the same. (we will link to the Bongani and Thabo stories here when we have it)

The fact is, negative or positive, you are the same person.

If you want to talk about anything HIV related, call 0800 012 322, or sendus an email on

About Us

Brothers for Life is a social and well-being movement aimed at mobilising men to take responsibility for their own health. We hope to achieve this by promoting positive male norms and encourage men to test for HIV and undergo Medical Male Circumcision (MMC), actively take a stand against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in their communities.

Our Manifesto

Brothers who stand for responsible relationships
Brothers who stand for responsible parenting
Brothers who stand for responsible behaviour
Brothers who live positively
Brothers who do the right thing
Brothers who stand for life