Reducing risk of getting HIV

Key Populations Uganda in collaboration with Kuchushiners Uganda will be hosting a valentines day fundraising event, where the proceeds from the event will cater for the young LGBTIQ taking on skilling from institutes and rejuvenating the already dilapidated Kuchu home housing those rejected by their parents, and the homeless youths due to their sexuality, here we share a few tips for all youths more so the LGBTIQ and sex workers categories as our major focus, drawing down a few tips on how to reduce the risk of getting HIV/AIDS as the KPs are the most at risk Populations.

Through this fundraising event we will carry out awareness, as partnership with many health providers, who will give voluntary HIV testing during the event and other Non profits have come up to distribute condoms and availing in place placards  showing information on how one can protect themselves from HIV /AIDS and how the positive persons can live a responsible life coupled with inspiring others to protect themselves.

Anyone can get HIV, but you can take steps to protect yourself from HIV infection, through the following:

  • Get tested and know your partner’s HIV status. Talk to your partner about HIV testing and get tested before you have sex.
  • Have less risky sex. HIV is mainly spread by having anal or vaginal sex without a condom or without taking medicines to prevent or treat HIV.
  • Use condoms. Use a condom correctly every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
  • Limit your number of sexual partners. The more partners you have, the more likely you are to have a partner with HIV whose HIV is not well controlled or to have a partner with a sexually transmitted disease (STD. Both of these factors can increase the risk of HIV transmission. If you have more than one sexual partner, get tested for HIV regularly.
  • Get tested and treated for STDs. Insist that your partners get tested and treated too. Having an STD can increase your risk of becoming infected with HIV or spreading it to others.
  • Talk to your health care provider about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP is an HIV prevention option for people who don’t have HIV but who are at high risk of becoming infected with HIV. PrEP involves taking a specific HIV medicine every day..
  • Don’t inject drugs. But if you do, use only sterile drug injection equipment and water and never share your equipment with others.