Although gains have been realized in the last decade, HIV prevalence is still higher in Uganda than in most of the world. The majority of the HIV burden falls on adolescent girls and young women in marginalized populations like those found in Iganga District. Stigma and fear are still prevalent and just two of several barriers to Ugandans learning their HIV status and taking active steps to preventing new infections.

HIV/AIDS and STI Prevention

HIV Outreach

These large events bring HIV testing and counseling directly to communities to address key barriers such as transportation costs. Testing in the open while respecting community members’ privacy helps to battle stigma and fear. The entertaining drama group is a fun way to talk about a serious topic and educate a community at the same time. A typical health center reaches less than 50 people with testing when they hold individual events. With the amplification from UVP, we can jointly reach up to 800 people with testing and counseling!

HIV Sensitization

Sensitization is conducted in small groups or house-to-house. Community members are educated on the transmission, symptoms, and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other STIs (sexually transmitted infections). It is also an opportunity for members to ask sensitive questions.
Village Health Teams also sensitize the community about HIV/AIDS and connect individuals who wish to get tested or to obtain ARVs to the nearest places to do so.

Moonlight Events

Moonlight events are the newest addition to our HIV program activities. These events bring HIV testing and counseling to community members who cannot attend our typical HIV outreaches due to work demands. They get their name because they are conducted in the evening under the light of the moon and held at trading centers to target a population at higher risk for contracting HIV. In addition to testing and counseling, participants are educated on other basic information about HIV and STIs.

Hear firsthand how our HIV/STI programs are making a difference:

  • A Narrow Escape
    A Narrow Escape
  • The Bold Decision
    The Bold Decision
  • Under the Moonlight
    Under the Moonlight