Life Skills Education and Counseling - Nawampiti - Kivule Primariy School - Namutumba
Visit by Lorna Katagara on 2019-05-27
2019-05-28 05:29:39 UTC
2019-05-28 09:10:14 UTC
10:30-17:03 (6 h 33 m)
13:00-15:05 (2 h 5 m)
4 h 28 m
Life Skills Education and Counseling community lesson
Kivule Primariy School
Disease Progression and Positive Behaviour
Total Student Attendance
Total Parent Attendance
Lorna Katagara,Ongyera Manuella
School Staff Attendees
Life Skills Teacher
To encourage the community members to take an HIV positive through learning about the different stages through which HIV / AIDS travels in our bodies; Disease Progression and positive behaviors where the objective is to know that one has to take care of themselves when they are HIV positive and that HIV is not s death sentence.
Disease progression and positive behavior refers to the stages through which HIV travels while positive behavior is the way in which persons living with HIV need to live in order to take care of themselves and live longer. It is important to teach this lesson so that people don’t get reinfected or rather still infect others.
Manuela, Lorna and Emma went to Nawampiti to teach disease progression and positive behavior. Lorna taught this lesson on the previous visit however while doing the review none of them seemed to remember hence prompting them to reteach this lesson for better understanding and for knowledge purposes. Lorna welcomed Manuela to teach this lesson. Manuela told the community members that HIV is a very trick virus and it tends to hide therefore it is advised to get tested more than 3 times and this brought us to the first stage Window period. Window period is the time it takes for the HIV virus to be detected in the body. It is also the most infectious stage of all the stages. It usually takes between 1-3-6 months before the virus can be detected. The second stage is the incubation stage; this is the end of the window period stage and is the stage where signs that show that one has got HIV begins to show. It can take however even up to 15years and over before the signs start to show. It is at this stage that one needs to take very good care of themselves taking their medication and then they can move on the next stage honeymoon however if they don’t take good care of themselves, they will go straight to AIDs. Honey moon stage is the final stage whereby the virus and the body are at harmony with each other. The person is less infectious here and it doesn’t mean that they cannot pass on the virus but the chances of contacting it are minima. A mother also can breastfeed her baby with least chances of transmitting the virus to the baby. Here also the viral load is low and antibodies are high. They then went to positive behavior/living and here it was community centered where they mentioned what a person living with HIV needs to do to stay healthy and strong. They mentioned ; enough rest, eating a balanced diet and here Manuela emphasized eating greens, fruits, beans, small fish which are all readily available in the community as opposed to what they thought ; milk, meat, chicken.
At the end there were many questions asked some in response to the topic and others not. Among the questions asked were;
1. How long can it take for a person to live with HIV without getting to Aids?. The answer was as long as they take care of themselves and treat every opportunistic disease.
2. Is it possible to have penetrative sex with a woman with HIV and not get it by just ejaculating. The answer was there is already Contact between the vaginal fluids and semen. Therefore whether one just ejaculates or withdraws one is at risk of contracting HIV as there is no bypass.
3. How long should an HIV positive mother breast feed their baby. This depended on whether the mother is a risk mother or not. A risk mother will not be allowed to breast feed their baby but the non risk mother can breastfeed up to 6 months.
4. What period should a person get tested for HIV? After every three months.
5. Can HIV positive parents have negative children?. The answer was yes it depends on the viral load ( amount of HIV ) in the body. It’s the determinant if it’s high no sex if it’s low with the advice of the medical personnel they can go ahead.
Even though it rained heavily which disrupted the community attendance, it was overall a great day. The youth representative and counselor of Nawampiti were all present and taking notes and asking loads of questions.
Next Visit: 2019-06-19 - Purpose: Have a general meeting with the community about parenting
The youth representative and counselor Nawampiti village.