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Youth Leaders Speak out #SilenceIsDeadly

Reach A Hand, Uganda Peer Educators’ Academy 2015

Reach A Hand Uganda submission video

Facts

Age of 25 The vast majority of HIV infections occurs in adults over the age of 25. Source: UNICEF
1.5 million Current estimates indicate that about 1.5 million people in Uganda are living with HIV. 57% of them female. Source: avert.org

Senga

"Can you reduce the risk of getting HIV after having unprotected sex with someone who has HIV?"

"Let's say you had sex with someone who is HIV infected and the condom broke, or you found out only after unprotected sex that your partner had HIV. Can you reduce your risk of getting HIV from sex--or from a needlestick--by taking medications afterward? Yes. This is called postexposure prophylaxis, or PEP. The medications that are given are the same types that are used to treat HIV (antiretrovirals, or ARVs), and they usually are given as a combination of 3 medicines for 1 month. To work best, these ARVs should be taken as soon as possible after the exposure, and…"

"Can a person with syphilis spread the disease?"

"Yes. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease. A person with syphilis can spread the infection during the first two stages of the disease. If you come in contact with an open sore (first stage) or skin rash (second stage), you can pick up the bacteria that cause the infection. If the bacteria enter your body through an opening such as the penis, anus, vagina, mouth, or broken skin, you can get syphilis. If a person has had syphilis for more than two years, it's unlikely that he or she can spread the disease. Don't take a chance. Use a lubricated…"

"Can I get a sexually transmitted disease (STD), including HIV from kissing?"

"No, the amount of virus transmitted through saliva in a kiss, is too little to infect someone else with HIV. BUT; if there are open sores in both mouths and blood is coming out, then there is a chance of HIV transmission."

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