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Gulu University Guild, Uganda AIDS Commission Start Campaign to Fight Stigma :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Gulu University Guild, Uganda AIDS Commission Start Campaign to Fight Stigma

Francis Okot, the Gulu University Guild President, noted that the campaign specifically targets sexually active young individuals who are at a higher risk of contracting and spreading HIV. The goal is to create awareness, encourage safe practices, and empower students to actively participate in addressing HIV/AIDS-related issues.
Gulu University Guild President Francis (L), Miss Gulu University (M) and Victor Rwengabo (R) after the launch. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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The Gulu University student’s guild has launched a campaign in collaboration with the Uganda Aids Commission (UAC) and partner institutions to combat stigma against individuals living with HIV/AIDS in higher learning institutions and the community. The initiative aims to support the Presidential Fast Track Initiative to End HIV/AIDS by 2030.

As part of the campaign, student leaders, institution leadership and peer educators will work together to improve communication about HIV/AIDS among students, advocate for healthy lifestyles, raise awareness, promote community engagement policies, and fight against stigma towards people living with the virus.

Francis Okot, the Gulu University Guild President, noted that the campaign specifically targets sexually active young individuals who are at a higher risk of contracting and spreading HIV. The goal is to create awareness, encourage safe practices, and empower students to actively participate in addressing HIV/AIDS-related issues.

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Grace Naguwa, a psychologist and Principal Counsellor at Gulu University emphasized the importance of treating HIV/AIDS information as new and avoiding stigma. She encouraged individuals to support each other in the fight against the virus and promote a non-judgmental environment for those living with HIV/AIDS. 

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Miriam Nampeera, the Vice Guild President of Gulu University, emphasized the need to increase the supply of condoms in higher education institutions. She noted that while students are sexually active, the shortage of condoms sometimes leads to unprotected sex. 

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Victor Rwengabo, the Mid-North Coordinator of the Uganda Aids Commission, highlighted the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS among young people in the Northern Region. He stressed the importance of promoting healthy lifestyles and addressing challenges such as lack of awareness, stigma, inadequate sexual education, and alcohol use. 

During the campaign launch, students and stakeholders identified various challenges affecting the fight against HIV/AIDS among young people. These included a lack of awareness about preventive measures, stigma, negative peer influence, insufficient sexual education, alcohol consumption, and ignorance. 

They emphasized the need for combating stigma, promoting awareness, taking control of one's sexual life, providing guidance and counseling, offering free voluntary testing and counseling, and using individuals living with HIV/AIDS as positive role models to inspire others.

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