Now is still the right time to end HIV in Uganda

Peer to peer Uganda held a national consultative meeting to develop the Adolescent girls and young Women’s priorities charter for Uganda. The event took place at Fairway Hotel, Kampala.

We are only a few years away from 2030 and we hope that the end of the decade will also mark the end of HIV cases in the communities. However, while we have seen some great improvements in prevention strategies, there’s still still a lot of work to do.

When it started in the early 80s, everyone was scared. No one knew how to help the people living with HIV but now advocates health workers have expressed hope for the end of the epidemic

UNAIDS data shows that each week in Uganda over 500 young women aged 15-24 years get infected with HIV/AIDS.

And to end the HIV, Uganda needs more health workers who are trained and ready to do the job, stationed in the right places, connected to the right technology, and safe from infection and violence. The country need to make better use of the health workers they have.

Without health workers, we can’t test or treat even a single person much less end an epidemic. But it’s not just health workers skills the country needs. It’s also a commitment to equitable, unbiased health care for all.

Strong health systems are the bedrock of any healthy population. They lay a foundation built on governance, financing, technology, service delivery, and the health workforce. To successfully address an epidemic such as HIV requires focus on each of these things not just a few.

There is need to empower young women with knowledge on how to negotiate for safer sex to help reduce the high HIV/AIDS prevalence rate among young women. What young girls and women need is comprehensive sexuality education. Failure to negotiate for safer sex is a factor that has led to the increased HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Increasing knowledge of HIV status through HIV testing and counseling is a key route to tackle Uganda HIV epidemic. SRH education and increasing access to condoms are essential for young people who are sexually active

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One of the reason why HIV is still high among youths is that they don’t really have right information

we must continue to advocate just as strongly for what is best for young people living with HIV and who are vulnerable to HIV, Moses Bwire Team Leader Peer to peer Uganda emphasized

Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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