Peer-to-Peer Uganda Reveals Surprising Facts about HIV in Uganda

Shakirah Namwanje, Head of Hiv prevention Research Advocacy, Peer to peer Uganda
Shakirah Namwanje, Head of Hiv prevention Research Advocacy, Peer to peer Uganda

While researchers have proven that 95% of HIV infections occur through unprotected sex, there is another risk of acquiring the Infection even while wearing a condom.

Speaking at the Young influencers HIV Prevention and Research Sensitization meeting organized by Peer-to-Peer Uganda (PEERU), Moses Nsubuga of Stigmaless Uganda cited that one may easily acquire the Virus from an infected person from kissing in cases where there are bruises on the mouth. 

He continued to advise that before using Condoms, It is important to check the expiry dates because expired condoms have high chances of breaking during sexual intercourse.

The meeting which took place at Kati Kati restaurant was attended by youth mostly from the entertainment industry was aimed at creating awareness of the HIV epidemic in Uganda especially in the entertainment sector and among the youth at large.

The meeting was also used as a platform to share with the youth the different prevention tools that are still in research and those that   have recently been approved by the government as significant tools like the use of PREP drugs ( Pre Exposure Prophylaxis) which are now in some health centers in the country. 

Bridget JjuukoNdagaano of Naguru Teenage and Information Center explained that PREP drugs are taken by HIV negative persons who are at a substantial risk of acquiring HIV, case in point, sex workers, mentally unstable people, etc. They are taken on a daily basis and some it is now advised that people involved in untrustworthy relationships may have this as a safety option.

some of the other attendants at the event
some of the other attendants at the event

 PPERU is an organization that was founded by a group of young people who volunteered to work towards social transformation through reaching out to fellow young people in rural communities of Uganda through strategic partnerships and Harm reduction  developing age appropriate awareness campaigns ad interventions  to curb the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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