The need for HIV Sensitization in Uganda.
The level of prevalence among the youths and the target population is increasing. This is as a result of increased youths (girls) involvement in sex trade for a living, mother to child infections and limited sex education to the youths and the elderly. There is increase in HIV/AIDS stigma, negative attitudes mainly affect persons with HIV/AIDS and their families (and especially their children), but also have implications for workplaces and communities. Stigma can therefore be a barrier not only to identifying HIV/AIDS as a problem in a community but also to defining prevention, care and mitigation responses. It is widely believed that rural populations are 'aware' of HIV/AIDS and that this knowledge is enough to initiate behavior changes and prevent the spread of the epidemic but most rural men and women have indeed heard of HIV/AIDS though it can't be assumed that all are adequately informed about the epidemic and able to act upon. Information in rural areas is often very limited due to social, economic, religious, gender and cultural barriers which are formidable obstacles to behavior change.
Children in schools are often put aside from the education campaigns because of these barriers. About 92% of sexually active Ugandans are not yet HIV+. It is vital that we do everything we can to prevent new infections. Education and awareness campaigns, condom distribution and testing are important ways to prevent the spread of HIV. Everyone has to understand the danger of unprotected sex, and the responsibility to protect themselves and their partners. The silence and stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS must be broken and replaced by openness, good communication and compassion.
The impact of HIV/AIDS has far deadly implications to the families, children, communities and the nation. Addressing the root causes of children's vulnerabilities, it's important that HIV/AIDS programs are integrated in all our day to day activities through drawing up wills to ensure that widows and their children, regardless of sex, can inherit property; keep their children in schoolsand and a need for capacity-building to help communities and community-based organizations (CBOs)/NGOs to conduct HIV/AIDS impact assessments.
We aim at running an effective prevention campaign so as to reduce the infection rate by:
- Carrying out targeted HIV testings.
- Educating everyone to understand how HIV is spread and what they can do to protect them selves.
- Making condoms freely and easily available and educating people on how to use them.
- Promoting openness so that we can break down the stigma and silence surrounding HIV/AIDS.
- Making everyone aware of the plight of people living with HIV and the problems faced by their families, counseling and providing help/care for people who are affected.
- Encouraging testing for all people who are sexually active and making sure there is proper counselling that goes with the testing.
- Ensuring people to understand their rights and the treatment options once they have been enrolled to care and adherence to treatment.
- Conducting referrals and linkages.
There is needs to support, identify and provide Income-generating micro projects that can improve the livelihood security of households with ill adults and provide income-earning opportunities for poor rural people living with HIV so that they can support their families.