Ugandan trans, sex-worker activists target HIV

Kuchu Times reports:

Workshop sponsored by Uganda's Come Out Post-Test Club. (Photo courtesy of Kuchu Times)
Workshop sponsored by Uganda’s Come Out Post-Test Club. (Photo courtesy of Kuchu Times)

[On July 1] several members of Come Out Post Test Club (COPTEC) gathered for a community meeting aimed at enhancing their knowledge about HIV/ AIDS and human rights. The event attracted 55 members of the LGBTI and sex workers’ communities, who were treated to a HIV testing and counseling session.

“I think the workshop was worth the time spent and the resources invested because people turned up in large numbers. Expectations were met and I am glad that participants were able to learn new things about HIV/AIDS and its prevention as well as get good security tips,” Babu Ramadan, a community peer educator and participant, said of the meeting. …

“As the founder and Director of COPTEC, my hope is for an HIV-free LGBTI community and I will continue working hard to see that those already infected get proper medication and care and those that are still negative continue practicing safer sex to prevent new infections,” [workshop co-coordinator]  Joseph Kaweesi said. …

“This project is targeting transgender women in Uganda and addresses community mobilization and awareness. We basically aim at a zero-AIDS transgender community,” [workshop co-coordinator] COPTEC’s Executive Secretary Bad Black said of the initiative.

COPTEC runs on a vision — Creating and promoting a community that supports and cares for those who are HIV positive and enabling them to live the best life possible. It is also a community that is informed enough to prevent and protect itself from HIV/AIDS-related illnesses that may lead to death.

For more information, read the full article “COPTEC Continues Struggle for HIV Free LGBTI Community” in Kuchu Times.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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