HIV/AIDS

HIV testing. Photo: CWS

Ana Monica da Silva, who received the HIV info-sessions training from CWS said: “since some of my neighbors have not heard this important information yet, I have started to share what I now know with them to help them protect themselves and others from HIV and other STI”. Photo: CWS

a CWS program in Timor-Leste trains students to lead their peers in learning about stopping HIV and AIDS

CWS program in Timor-Leste trains students to lead their peers in learning about stopping HIV and AIDS. Photo: CWS

 

A lack of understanding about the transmission of HIV and AIDS, along with strong stigma against anyone who is HIV-positive, keeps communities in East Timor at risk for increased spread of the infection. In focusing on East Timorese Defense Forces (army) personnel, their families and the communities near their barracks, our work promotes awareness and understanding about HIV and AIDS prevention, care and support. Through this initiative, military families and their neighbors are afforded access to HIV testing and counseling services, diagnosis and treatment of other sexually transmitted infections (STI), while we also support F-FDTL leadership to develop policies about and provide care for its people living with HIV.

Countries: Timor-Leste

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