Today - World Aids Day – we all reflect on the effects of HIV/Aids, and how best we can roll them back.
As part of this year’s World Aids Day activities, the National Aids Control Commission (CNLS) will install at least 700 condom vending machines across the country.
People have been reluctant to buy condoms, for fear of being judged to be promiscuous by shop attendants and anyone else who may witness the purchase. Now, with the vending machines, we can conveniently access condoms in private.
Additionally, the initiative will help achieve the country target of reducing AIDS incidence among the youth, aged 15 - 24 years, from 1 percent to 0.5 percent by 2012.
Some may interpret the condom vending machines as an attempt to encourage promiscuity; however, it is a major step in fighting HIV/AIDS. More people will be able to protect themselves and their partners.
HIV is a scourge that needs to be dealt with boldly, if we are to save lives and protect the country’s resources.
Let us accord support and care to those already infected to enable them enjoy longer and productive lives.
With a more concerted and consistent fight against HIV/Aids, there is no doubt Rwanda’s prevalence rate of 3 percent can drop further.