World HIV/AIDS Day on AASTU
Addis Ababa Science and Technology University (AASTU) community celebrates world HIV/AIDS day on December 1. The half-day awareness raising program was organized by AASTU’s Gender and HIV/AIDS prevention Directorate with a motto of Hands up for HIV prevention.
In his opening speech Dr. Nurelegne Tefera, the University president, noticed that awaking and awareness about HIV/AIDS is needed among the students and community at large. HIV/AIDS distribution is re-mounting as it has overlooked for while, thus we all should hands up to prevent and beat this assassin virus.
The invited the presenter of the Day, according to research, mentioned that university students were found as sexually active when compare to others. Living without parents’ supervision, he added, may give room for university students to endanger their life. In addition to this, substances like Chat alcohol and drugs give hands to liberate students to knock the door of HIV/AIDS. Therefore, universities and universities’ community should fully exploit their potentials to block up this gap.
As the presenter observation HIV/AIDS is only taken as ceremonial subject not as mainstreaming work, which couldn’t convey changes. In order to bring considerable outcome universities should encompass an effective structural, behavioral and biomedical prevention and intervention strategies for HIV/AIDS.
In conclusion, peer education and shouldering individual responsibility, ensuring access for condom and including HIV/AIDS in course as subject were the way forwarded.
HANDS UP FOR HIV /AIDS PREVENTION!