Why HIV test is necessary for couples

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DKT INTERNATIONAL Ghana, a non-profit organisation whose core mission is the provision of safe and affordable options for family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention, has held a community durbar at Bawjiase to sensitise the community on HIV prevention.HIV

The event, held to commemorate the World AIDS Day which was marked world over on December 1, was to reach out to the community, educate members on HIV/AIDS prevention and also distribute free condoms for safe s^x.

A drama showcasing the importance of having protected s^x and testing for HIV among couples helped draw the attention of the community to the fact that everybody was at risk of getting infected with the disease despite ongoing education on HIV.

The community through the response to the event demonstrated an understanding of protecting oneself from getting infected with HIV as they answered questions on condom usage and why HIV test was necessary for couples.

Kevin Hugdson, Country Director of DKT Ghana, said the durbar?which is among many initiatives being carried out by the organisation was to champion protected sex, which is one of the ways to be protected from HIV.

He, therefore, noted that the company which distributes Fiesta condoms and Lydia contraceptives for safe sex and the prevention of unwanted pregnancies would continue to work to ensure the public is made aware of the risk of HIV.

?We want to ensure that people have safe sex and are protected from HIV through the use of our products,? he added.

Roise Gbegnedji, Marketing Coordinator at DKT Ghana, said the choice of the Bawjiase community was to demonstrate the essence to taking health promotion messages such as HIV prevention to the grassroots.

She said people in such communities needed to be sensitised on issues such as HIV because although the country is making great stride in reducing new infections, people are still at risk of contracting the disease.

?We hope this durbar has provided the opportunity for everyone that came to be educated on HIV prevention,? she said enthusiastically.

From Jamila Akweley Okertchiri, Bawjiase

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