Thursday, January 14, 2010

HIV testing and counseling at one mango tree

Visions in Action community educator Ochora Christopher spent two hours with One Mango Tree's tailors today, providing them vital information on HIV. He spoke about the ABC approach (Abstinence, Being faithful to one partner, and Condom use), the effectiveness of the latest antiretroviral (ARV) medications, and the voluntary testing procedure being offered at One Mango Tree. Using 'rapid testing,' VIA staff are able to inform clients of their HIV status almost immediately and provide private counseling and referrals, if needed.

This counseling and testing came about as part of a needs assessment conducted by Ruth Martin, a One Mango Tree volunteer in Gulu. The ladies were eager to know their status and learn about prevention and treatment. In partnership with VIA, an organization with experience in Northern Uganda, we set up a free testing and counseling session for the ladies. Tailors will also bring their husbands/partners and any other family members who wish to be tested, as VIA's mobile testing center will set up shop on our compound on Friday, January 15th.

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