On 1st December the world celebrated the World AIDS Day and in Uganda the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Alliance Uganda organized a Street Jam in Mayuge as a way of sharing the messages of prevention, reduced stigmatization against people living with HIV/AIDS and also a way of giving hope to people living with HIV/AIDS.

They carried out massive sensitization through dance and drama and also a flash mob in the local market in Mayuge. It was a way of mixing fun with learning. Many people were also able to carry out HIV testing along with pre and post counselling.

To top up with the celebrations of the day, they held a vigil in the hospital where dignitaries were present to remember the lives of those who perished because of HIV/AIDS. The road to finding a cure for HIV/AIDS is still a long way to go but for people living with HIV/AIDS, ARVS are given to them to keep their immunity strong so that they can continue to live with the disease.

AIDS cannot be contracted by sitting next to some with it or have conversation with them, so the stigmatization against people living with HIV/AIDS is not necessary. Avoid having unprotected sex with people whose status you don’t know by using a condom at all times. Also find time to go to the nearest clinic or hospital near your university to find out your status.

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