Edwin Katamba, aka MC Kats, is among those spearheading the campaign to end stigma associated with people living with HIV.
The top Master of Ceremonies, revealed last year in December that he was living with HIV/AIDS and not shy about his status.
Speaking at the second High level National Dialogue on HIV, Health and the Law on December 16th 2020, Mc Kats revealed his dedication to this cause.
“I am dedicating my time to sensitizing the young people about HIV and the reality of it,” Kats revealed.
In a video on social media raising the awareness about HIV, Kats takes us through his journey and experiences with his HIV status.
“Knowing my status was out of getting ill, until I went to the medical center. It was hard to believe, I lost some businesses that didn’t want to associate with me. To some extent I got tired of all this back biting. All this stigma. This is this disease, there is a life after it and there’s a way of avoiding it and there are people with it and they are in society and they are still normal and breathing. So if you are around someone who is infected, it’s you to make them feel okay. Don’t discriminate them, don’t put them on the wall. It’s you to make them believe life is still going on and life can still be,”
The campaign is being run by Non-profit organizations like UGANET, Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) among others.
Uganda this year has registered over 48,000 new cases instead of 23,000 cases that had been predicted. This is alarming and if not controlled could deter the nation from attaining its goal of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030.