Kwania District Chairman, Anthony Okello appealed to young people living with HIV/AIDS not to give up on themselves but to continue seeking proper medication.
“Living with HIV/AIDs is not a death sentence; I have seen people living with HIV since the 1990s and up to 2020, they are still alive,’’ said Mr. Okello.
Okello made the remarks on Friday during the opening of the 7th Edition of the Y + beauty pageant audition organized by the Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV[UNYPLHIV] from Kwania district.
The Kwania district Boss also encouraged people living with HIV to always adhere to their Medication adding that the health ministry has provided HIV drugs at Aduku Health centre 4
Dr. Peter Ojok the In-charge of Aduku Health Center 4 revealed that stigma is still wide spread among the communities and that there is need to strengthen family institutions to allow Young people living with HIV to disclose and live healthily and openly.
Mr. Otim Fred, the Chairperson of Persons living with HIV/AIDS in Kwania district said that there are some cultural and religious leaders that spread lies about HIV/AIDs in the community and that increases the hate speech on the persons living with HIV
A data released from Kwania district health department shows that about 70,000 people are on Anti-retroviral drugs treatment in the district
Uganda has about 1.5 million people living with HIV.