The HIV programme aims to enhance learners’ awareness of HIV by educating them about the virus as well as informing them about their status. By doing this IkamvaYouth aims to empower learners to take responsibility for their own health and protect their status whatever it may be.
IkamvaYouth offers a range of facilities to its learners in relation to HIV. These include workshops, testing days, support groups and holiday programmes. For further information on any of these aspects please see below.
The HIV workshops aim to teach learners to understand HIV, showing them what HIV is and how they can protect themselves against it. To do this IkamvaYouth partners with several professional non profit organisations who come in and deliver the workshops and training sessions. These partnerships ensure that the learners have access to a high quality of information.
IkamvaYouth aims to run testing sessions for their learners once every three months, whereby learners will be given the opportunity to establish their status. During these sessions learners are emotionally prepared to be tested and support is available once they get their results.
IkamvaYouth aims to provide a support group for learners affected or infected by HIV or AIDS. The support group aims to meet once every 3 weeks, it aims to create a space for learners to talk openly about HIV. It also aims to recruit motivational speakers to share their experiences around the topic. If any learners need additional support, IkamvaYouth aims to direct them to the relevant services.
IkamvaYouth has put time aside in its holiday programmes specifically for HIV education and testing. During such sessions, partner organisations will be invited to run workshop sessions and testing. Please see <link to holiday programmes> for more information.
The HIV programme is not only available to learners but also to volunteers with IkamvaYouth. Overall, testing and counselling provides people with the information they need to know to protect their health. If they are HIV-positive, they learn how to manage the disease, and are provided with access to resources to provide further support. If they are HIV-negative, they learn how to protect themselves from future HIV infection.