Byidi has pioneered a health HIV awareness health campaign on Roko construction building sites as a means to reach out to the young productive working labour force centering on providing on site HIV sensitization and interaction with the workers on their perceptions and knowledge about HIV infection, transmission and prevention measures at work place.
This started on the 9th of November 2016 with the building site in Mulago.
HIV is the Human Immune Deficiency Virus which when acquired in the body causes AIDS which has been around close to three decades in Uganda and it’s widely spreading among the youth, who are noted to be sexually active.
So given that most of the workers on construction building sites and many other work places fall in this category of the youth it’s wise to talk about HIV and how its acquired, how we can prevent it and if infected where can one get treatment so as to live longer and remain productive.
HIV/AIDS pandemic has evolved significantly from an automatic death sentence following a positive diagnosis with the HIV virus, to a chronically manageable disease that can be lived with for a long time. This transformation has been possible because of antiretroviral drugs which allow those infected to live longer and enjoy healthier lives.
So participants were encouraged to seek testing in proper health facilities in order to know their sero-status which will enable them to make informed decisions about their lives.
Byidi supports a multi-pronged approach to comprehensive HIV prevention focusing on HIV Counseling and Testing, Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (EMTCT), Early Infant Diagnosis, condom promotion, screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Both biomedical and structural prevention strategies focusing on the vulnerable and Most-At-Risk Populations (MARPs) are offered.