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poster: Katete AIDS Programme –VCT for young couples intending to marry

M.C. Phiri

Objectives and scope:

The objectives of this activity are to increase the number of young people who go to into marriage knowing the sero status of their partners.

As part of its outreach activities, KAP is encouraging the youth that are about to get married to go for VCT before they tie the knot. Between October and December alone, five groups of marriage engagement youths asked for testing before getting married.  This is a very good move and other older youths are also being encouraged to do the same before they get married.  

Katete AIDS Programme (KAP) is involved in many activities in the areas surrounding Katete in Mzimba district.  The main activities include: Community Development, Home Based Care, Outreach and Prevention, Orphan Care and the Youth.

Methodology:The PLWA in KAP are involved in outreach activities apart from holding monthly meetings.  As part of its outreach activities, KAP is encouraging the youth that are about to get married to go for VCT before they tie the knot. This is a very good move and other older youths are also being encouraged to do the same before they get married.  

During outreach activities the Youth as well as the Prevention teams perform drama to enable the community to understand HIV/AIDS and VCT messages and so be able to make informed decisions.  

KAP Home Based Care Volunteers visit clients and during each visit they carry food items, groceries and firewood.  

KAP has two maize gardens, one for the HBC and the other one for the sub-Technical Committee.

Results

Between October and December alone, five groups of marriage engagement youths asked for testing before getting married.

There are doubts to the engaged couples to still vow for marriage, as per our post-test, if either party could be found HIV positive during the VCT process since so far all cases were non-reactive.

Blood tests carried out on youths intending to marry may not be to the expectation of reducing HIV/AIDS contraction because we doubt whether these couples really do not have sex before they come for blood tests.

Conclusions: This is a good exercise and young people will know the sero status of their partners before they get married.

Recommendations

We would like to encourage other CBOs to start doing this exercise as well.

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