To end HIV/AIDS by 2030, young people need to be involved

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng

This year, the national commemoration was held under the theme “Empowering young people to champion the end of new HIV Infections” and took place in Kayunga District, and over hundred people, government officials, advocates attended the commemoration, traveling from all across the country to share strategies and collaborate with one another

Uganda is a home of strong human rights advocates, we think of peaceful and the courage to be heard. The HIV movements in Uganda have their roots in long efforts to advocate for more drugs, testing kits, youth-friendly services.

It should come as no surprise that HIV advocates in Uganda continue to honor Philly Lutaya’s legacy and are mindful of the fact that he paved the way for social justice today. To the hero in the late Philly Bongole Luyaaya, thank you for breaking the silence. I encourage all those who may be living with HIV/AIDS, reach out to any medical facilities for medical support, to prolong your life.

Poverty, a lack of culturally competent health care providers, lack of access to care, and unemployment are all factors that drive the HIV epidemic among young people in Uganda

As we commemorate this year’s World AIDS Day, I continue to encourage you all our people to test and know your status. If negative, please live responsibly as prevention is still KEY against HIV/AIDS. If positive, please immediately seek counseling and medical care – Dr. Diana Atwine

Let us take time off to remember our fallen Ugandan heroes that succumbed to this monster, including our close relatives and friends. May their souls rest in eternal peace.

Looking at all stories surrounding HIV/AIDS, you can easily tell that we have really to be responsible for our lives. Now that we are aware, it is key that we live conscious lives to distance ourselves from all possible avenues that can drive us into contact

Young people, when you are dating endeavor to test several times from various places before you can decide to have sex with another person because there is more to safer relationships

Let us also ensure we don’t stigmatize those already infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS because they are still human just like all of us.

Appropriately empowered young people are best suited and effective in reaching out to fellow young people in all domains of HIV prevention, care, and treatment. Let us join in empowering communities of youth in ending new HIV infections – Olaro Charles said

Remember to ABSTAIN if you are not married, and if you are married, BE FAITHFUL to your partner, and if all fails, please remember to USE A KISS CONDOM.


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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