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His Majesty, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV’s speech at the 2019 IGD.

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Facts

majority Did you know that the vast majority of young people learn about sexual matters and HIV through their friends? 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
Age of 25 The vast majority of HIV infections occurs in adults over the age of 25. Source: UNICEF

Senga

"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."

"Can you get an STD from someone who has never had sex or has never been sexually active?"

"It is very unlikely, but possible. Some people, for example, are born with HIV, which they can pass to other people later in life when they start having sex. People can also pick up herpes through casual kissing — even from friends and family. Their herpes infections can then be passed on sexually. The chances of this happening are rare, so it’s not something to spend time worrying about. On the other hand, it’s another one of the many good reasons to always use condoms when you have sexual intercourse."

"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…"

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