A three day Conference of young people living with HIV is important in order to have a forum to discuss Positive prevention, adherence and how to maximize treatment outcome. The conference will also address causes of treatment failures and drug resistance related to poor drug adherence. The conference will also address issues of livelihoods among the young people living with HIV
Research has reveals that 12% Ugandans on life saving antiretroviral drugs have drug resistant virus. Meaning the treatment options for such patients are limited and if they infect another, the treatment will not work for them the very first time they take it. Health worker working in HIV care and treatment of adolescents they will tell you that the biggest challenge in this noble work is to keep the young people adherent to their treatment, and yet poor adherence causes drug resistance.
YAWE Foundation has been conducting annual youth conferences since 2013 which bring together over 300 young people living with HIV to address the issues of disclosure, stigma and discrimination adherence and Prevention through involvement of young people living with HIV. The theme for this year's Conference is " Positve Prevention-Our Priority""
The participants in the conference will be supported to adopt positive life styles maximize adherence for better treatment out come which will improve quality of life and prevention of further spread of HIV. Mobilizing and involving young people living with HIV to fight stigma and discrimination and involving them in spearheading prevention is a unique strategy which will make a significant impact in HIV prevention,