HIV Basics


What We Do?

In order to achieve our mission, Zidan Benevolence International collaborates with and empowers communities to play a strong role in planning, delivering, and monitoring HIV/AIDS and other disease prevention, care and treatment services. The organization is committed to identifying, documenting, and replicating sustainable models of community involvement and service delivery that enhance coordination and partnership between the health sector and communities in order to further the highest attainable standards of health and well-being for all. As such, the organization collaborates with a variety of stakeholders, including government agencies, civil society organizations, community leaders, faith-based institutions, networks of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, non-governmental organizations, and other entities. 

Zidan Benevolence International has worked within a variety of communities throughout Buikwe district to ensure access to EMTCT, and HIV care and treatment services. We based our evolving approach toward community involvement on the understanding that access to services which prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission should be offered in a supportive environment, as women are more likely to utilize health services that their communities and families have deemed important and necessary. 

There are belief structures in certain cultures within the settings we work that can undermine HIV treatment and access to care – beliefs such as choosing local traditional healers over health facility services and home-based delivery of infants over delivering at health facilities, which have the capacity to address obstetric emergencies and intervene with antiretroviral medications to reduce risk of HIV infections

How We Implement Our Activities

While implementing our activities, Zidan Benevolence International has learnt that for positive change to be effected, individuals need to be facilitated to understand how to apply the twin motivating force of “fear and pleasure” to achieve good results. This in our experience helps individuals to examine their perceptions and how perceptions lead to their attitudes and behavior. Community sensitization and mobilization, which is the provision of information, Education and Communication (IEC) to communities to ensure their participation, contribution and involvement in solving a common problem, through change of knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) is very crucial for the success of any program/project. We have learnt that equipping young people with life skills should be accompanied with programs seeking to sensitize their parents/guardians, teachers and community members. Sustainability of this Project/Program will only be achieved if the community and the beneficiaries themselves recognize it as a goal and if they contribute adequately to the process, rather than as an aspiration of the implementing agency. 

The problem to be addressed therefore is the negative modes of behavior that expose people to risks of life such as HIV/AIDS infection and its shattering effects on human development. There are two causes to this problem. First, the Youth lack adequate knowledge of the cause-effect inter-relationship of life situations. Secondly, people especially youth lack adequate life skills to translate the knowledge and information of what to do into how to do it and how to access and utilize the enabling factors of doing it. In many societies/communities, children orphaned to HIV/AIDS suffer problems such as social distress, isolation, shame, fear and rejection that often surround people infected with HIV.

There is therefore a need for confidentiality and privacy in regard to their HIV status that should be recognized. Young people experience orphan hood at the age when parental guidance and support is most needed; they suffer loss of love, and innocently taking care of their infected parents before they die. Often they are denied education and health services especially because their extended families cannot afford them. In this regard therefore, Zidan Benevolence International wishes to address these community needs through strengthening HIV/AIDs prevention strategies and interventions and promote economic strengthening among PLHIV. This project is relevant to the strategic objectives of Zidan Benevolence International, and therefore it’s an opportunity for the organization to deliver its objectives, while at the same time making contribution to the national and global goal in the context of HIV prevention in Uganda and the world at large.

HIV Basics

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HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. There is currently no effective cure for HIV. But with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. Some groups of people in the United States are more likely to get HIV than others because of many factors, including their sex partners and risk behaviors. This section will give you basic information about HIV, such as how it’s transmitted, how you can prevent it, and how to get tested for HIV.

HIV Guidelines

Guidelines are statements that include recommendations developed using a systematic process based on prevailing guideline development standards. The Division of HIV Prevention (DHP) within the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) has been at the forefront in developing guidelines on HIV prevention and care with significant national and international impact on public health care practice.

Undetectable = Untransmittable

A person living with HIV who is on treatment and has an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit HIV

What is U=U

When people living with HIV are on effective treatment, it will suppress the virus in the blood to a level that is too low to be measured by lab tests. This is called having an undetectable viral load.

When people living with HIV are on treatment and have an undetectable viral load, they protect their own health and they can’t transmit HIV to their sexual partners. Their HIV is untransmittable

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