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Makerere University Organizes First Ever HIV/Aids Art Exhibition

Makerere University Organizes First Ever Art Exhibition On HIV/AIDS

In a bid to create awareness on an ending stigma and discrimination of people living with Hiv/Aids in society, Makerere University has organised first ever art exhibition on Hiv/Aids.

The event slated for 4th January 2021 will be held under the theme :Art and creativity for Hiv/Aids prevention and empowerment of young people in Uganda.

Robert Ssewanyana the event organizer says the event will be an information dissemination platform to stakeholders and those affected to seek access to health services with out fear and share experiences.

“The creativity and art exhibition is a dissemination event where we shall provide findings of our survey we conducted on the impact of HIVAids in art and creative industry.it will also be a platform to share lesdobs and experience from art industry on hiv/Aids prevention strategies, “Ssewanyana said.

According to his survey findings conducted in 2019, most art industry players are living with Hiv/aids in denial and face stigma to seek medical services like ARVs and testing.

He also says there low awareness of access to treatment among art and creative industry players.

According to Uganda Aids Commission there are about 1.4million people living with HIV /Aids in Uganda.

Ssewanyana urged young people to avoid living reckless lives so as to prevent Hiv/Aids in society.

” Young people should use art and creative industry to show case HIVAids messages and multiply prevention advocacy. The entertainment industry has been affected with many suffering from stigma and discrimination,” he said.

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