The workshop begun with a doctor talking about the modes of transmission, defining HIV & AIDS, opportunistic infections, discordance, HIV & AIDS myths and misconceptions and prevention. She also added that statistically, there are 36.7million people worldwide living with HIV & AIDS, 28million in Sub-Saharan Asia and 8million in others. In Uganda, HIV & AIDS stands at 7.5 million. In prisons, it stands at 11.3% among males and 13% among females. She attributed the spread of HIV & AIDS to sharing of sharp instruments with infected blood, having unprotected sex with an infected person and homosexuality.
After, the participants were given prevention methods like using the ABC approach that is, Abstinence, Be faithful and Condom use. She said that this can be achieved through health education with accurate information. The participants were also equipped with basic counseling skills that is; the roles of a counselor, why it is important to counsel, when to counsel and where to counsel from.
There were lessons learnt from the workshop like: it is important to check for HIV & AIDS, it is not proper to condemn a person living with HIV & AIDS, HIV & AIDS can be prevented, but if got it is incurable, difference between HIV & AIDS, it is good to form groups to offer help and encouragement to people to live openly as HIV positives and it is also very important to accept your status.
Francis Ssuubi and Marjorie Lunkuse were among the facilitators.