HIV awareness day

This ‘Festival’ was held to encourage locals to get tested and talk about their condition. 

It was held in a little village, but was filled by hundreds of bodies. It started two hours late with speeches, then singing and very provocative dancing! Apparently it was meant to look very sexual because of the day! 

There was drama skits about wanting to start a family which explained how the couple needed to get tested first to find out their options. It was all done in chichewa but a local translated for us. 

Then it was testing time where many queued to await their fate! 8 people in total had the disease, 5 female and 3 male, but apparently some of these already knew, they were just trying to be good examples to encourage others to take tests.

It was an excellent day full of fun and laughter, a great way to encourage people to take tests!

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