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'Watch Di Ride' - JCI leads HIV-awareness campaign in Majesty Gardens

Published:Monday | April 2, 2012 | 12:00 AM


The Junior Chamber International (JCI), Kingston, has embarked on a campaign to address and raise awareness of the HIV epidemic in Majesty Gardens in St Andrew.

The campaign is being held under the theme, 'Watch Di Ride'.

Juliene Holt, president of the JCI Kingston, said Majesty Gardens was chosen due to the lack of support that inner-city communities receive.

"This is a community with a lot of potential. they have also been very receptive, quite a few have expressed their interests in coming back here and are interested in the whole condom demonstration," Holt said.

"Many are happy to see their HIV status and that is a good thing, majority of those who came out after taking their tests were smiling and happy," Holt added.

The Watch Di Ride campaign seeks to inspire and empower people of the Majesty Gardens community, especially the youth, to help decrease the spread of the disease and reduce the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.

Residents of the community were subjected to an array of activities including HIV testing, a jingle competition and the airing of precious, a movie depicting the struggles of a young woman with HIV.

"The message we are trying to deliver is basically to protect yourself. gone are the days when people are not having sex before the appropriate time. We have accepted the fact that teenagers are having sex and we are trying to promote safe sex as a result of this," said Dwight Richards, vice-president of JCI Kingston.

"People also need to be aware of certain things, like the more partners you have the higher the chance you have of catching the disease," Richards added.