“Young People are at high risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted Diseases. The only way to change the course of HIV epidemic is to stop young people getting infected".
With no cure or vaccine in sight for the last 20 years, Prevention as a social vaccine is a very important area to focus on in preventing the further spread of HIV/AIDS. The vast majority of people do not have HIV/AIDS and we can still do much to ensure that they stay safe. Though Uganda’s HIV/AIDS prevalence rate has drop from 30% to 6% this does not mean relaxation in interventions to scale down the prevalence rate.
There are many different things UYSA Academy does to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS:
• Educate young people to understand how HIV/AIDS is spread and what we can do to protect ourselves. UNAIDS 2004 Epidemic report indicate young people ages 15-24 years old account for nearly half of the new HIV infections Worldwide. They are the largest youth generation in history and need a protective environment, access to health & support services if they are to play their role in combating the epidemic.
• We encourage young people to change their sexual behaviors by “ABSTAINING” from premarital sex & by encouraging young married people to be faithful to their partners as the only possible way to avoid HIV infections. Uganda Youth Soccer Academy
is currently distributing to students Customized scholastic materials e.g. books & pens with a message (ABSTAIN FROM PREMARITAL SEX”
• Making everyone aware of the plight of those living with HIV/AIDS and their families, and work hard to promote openness and compassion to break down the stigma and silence surrounding HIV/AIDS and further support AIDS Orphans
• Encourage voluntary testing for all people to know their status. For those negative to begin living responsible lives to avoid the HIV infection and to encourage positive people to begin ARV medication and live a positive life.
EDUCATION IS KEY
Research finds that sex education and counseling do not encourage promiscuity among young people. Failure to educate them, in fact, may be a death sentence.
• Recent surveys in 17 countries on three continents found that more than half the adolescents surveyed could not name a single method of protecting themselves against HIV/AIDS.
• In sub-Saharan Africa, half the teenage girls surveyed did not realize that a healthy-looking person might be living with HIV/AIDS
• Many young people do not see HIV/ AIDS as a personal threat. Almost two thirds of sexually active girls 15 to 19 in Haiti told researchers they ran no risk of infection.
• Surveys show that even a few years of added schooling translate into more frequent condom use.
Education in decision-making and negotiation skills, especially from peers, helps teens to protect themselves from unwanted sexual relationships, exploitation and violence, and to ensure use of condoms when they are sexually active.
You can help in educating Young people about HIV/AIDS and how to avoid it, support AIDS Orphans and people living with HIV/AIDS with your financial donation, to donate click. And with material resources on HIV/AIDS Prevention, reproductive health, sexual abstinence, adolescent pregnancy prevention, and Care & support of people living with AIDS (PLWHA).