Youth should know their HIV status

Editor,Some people say it’s physiologically torturing to know your HIV status. Others prefer not to ignore the test altogether, too petrified of the aftermath.
Testing for HIV. There is need to sensitise youth to know their status. The NewTimes / File.
Testing for HIV. There is need to sensitise youth to know their status. The NewTimes / File.

Editor,

Some people say it’s physiologically torturing to know your HIV status. Others prefer not to ignore the test altogether, too petrified of the aftermath.

As a young person, I am interested in seeing a situation where all young people know their HIV status and can openly declare their status without fear of discrimination and stigmatisation.

 One sure way of achieving this is for all young people to get tested. There is need to sensitise those who haven’t tested to know their status.

Unlike in the past, drugs are available today and those infected can still be useful to the society and their families.

But there is no way you can live longer if you don’t seek treatment and there is no way you can undergo therapy if you don’t your HIV status.

I read a story in The New Times newspaper last week where youth volunteered to undergo a HIV test. This is encouraging and a lesson to those who haven’t tested.

I encourage the youth to overcome fear. Young people are the leaders tomorrow and should be protected.

Parents should encourage their children to take HIV tests and always treat them well no matter the outcome.

Nathan Bugingo
Nyamata

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