We are so Unique. HIV education programs to schools has the capacity to reach 80000+ young people in 2019. A severe lack in education of STIGMA is affecting the lives in this vulnerable group, they are now the highest risk group. We face fear head on. Our project brings those groups together with real people living with HIV and have overcome STIGMA. Our speakers and the story telling program bring the subject of STIGMA to the forefront. Education is power for an HIV FREE GENERATION.
STIGMA is poison in any community! STIGMA is the leading barrier to effective treatment of HIV in South Africa. A severe lack of basic education around STIGMA, and its impact, exists in our communities. Many misconceptions have been handed down since the era of AIDS and its a taboo subject even in 2018. Many new infections are young people and those from vulnerable groups. we keep our diagnosis a secret because of STIGMA leading to lack of good health care and initial testing.
We address STIGMA though live storytelling. Our speakers are all living with HIV and we have no fear or shame. We use our stories in a positive way to confront the Myths & give kids a chance to have the information they need to make good choices. The ability for a school room to interact with real people who have experiences and knowledge is very unique. We want our HIV roadshow to travel to as many schools as we can. We raise important subjects that no one else will and create a safe space.
We will reduce the high number of new infections on our young people. The understanding of STIGMA will reduce the fear surrounding testing and and access to treatment. Most importantly our Teenagers will have an understanding of how treat people living with HIV and overcome Stigma. Making good choices is top of our list and getting to kids in their youth helps spread education. We can create an HIV Free Generation we are already doing it!