By Yves Saint-clair Zogo, Mary Joy Ake & Louisa B. Kongnyuy
The University of Buea on November 30th 2018 joined the international community to commemorate the world AIDS day under the theme “Know your Status”. To this effect, a mobile medical team was dispatched to the campus with a van to carry out screening and sensitisation of students.
A member of the team, Dr.Abini Abungwa said,” Youths are venerable people to HIV since they are most hard hit by pandemic. The medical doctor added that by targeting the University would help fight the spread of the virus amongst youths. The medic further added that it is good for people to know their status, in case they are carriers of the virus so they can get psychological and antiretroviral therapy with the help of care providers.
Speaking with A final year Law major, Palay Junior said it is necessary for the youth to practice safe sex if they must do it. They should also know their status to avoid spreading the virus.
It should be noted that WHO Statistics reveal that HIV/AIDS prevalence amongst people aged 15-49 went down from 4.3 to 3.4% between 2014 and 2017.According to that organisation, sexual intercourse is the most common form of transmission of the virus. In this wise free condoms were distributed to those who took part in the screening exercise.