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THE Y+ BEAUTY PAGEANT 2018; The Journey Begins

We have come a long way since the novice campaign was implemented way back in 2014. The Y+ Beauty pageant started out as an idea on paper by a team of pioneers; Diana Amanyire, head of youth and key populations at Marie Stopes International Uganda, Jacquelyn Alesi, former executive director UNYPA, Kagangure Philbert, and Braka. The first ever edition happened in central region, and only 10 participants came forth to take part in the campaign. It was unseen and many people held their reservations on the intervention (this is not to say that there is still a lot that things that the pageant is celebration of the disease). They decided to be the first young ladies and gentlemen to grace the campaign and be ambassadors of change. 4 Years down the road and the beauty pageant has nurtured over 100 young people with leadership, self-appreciation and advocacy skills. It is the only campaign that seeks to fight stigma and discrimination in the lives of young people living with HIV. The Y+ Pageant is an annual unique campaign that is geared towards ending stigma and discrimination on HIV It empowers young people with knowledge and advocacy skills that enable them lead the fight against the stigma. It is envisioned on Beauty with Zero discrimination because young people are stigmatized by their guardians, potential employers, relatives, and general public. This, in the long run affects their uptake of HIV services at health facilities, their adherence to drugs, and depression from fear to disclose. UNYPA therefore steps in to uplift the plight for all YPLHIV by working together to re-echo their voices and build a strong, creative and productive generation through the entire campaign. The reason we keep having this campaign like Alex Garner, an HIV Activist puts it “one of the best ways to fight stigma and empower HIV-positive people is by speaking out openly and honestly about who we are and what we experience”. Society today is shying away from dissemination as much information to young people on grounds that they will engage in sex. This is not true. Alternatively, an uninformed generation is an ignorant generation, and an ignorant generation is one that is prone to the risk of increasing new infections. The success stories from the young people that take part in the Y+ beauty pageant show that these young people grow and shine with this platform because firstly; they are shown that they are beautiful, encouraged to embrace themselves and lastly to adhere to their medications.

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Tackling HIV: Ugandans shine in Amsterdam

The Y+ beauty pageant by UNYPA wins the coveted Golden Egg, Fast Forward Award during the AIDS 2018 conference. When Martha Nakato, a young woman living with HIV, was crowned Miss Y+ (young positive) 2017/18, eyebrows were raised. Some critical sentiments were aired. Some called the idea "crazy" and wondered whether the beauty contest organisers "are making the disease have a desirable sexy look". A section of the public may have subcribed to such opinion. But in response, Nakato said it is not about how beautiful or how well-dressed one is. "[The pageant] does not seek to crown the most beautiful young person living with HIV, but rather it looks out for the bright, focused and open-minded passionate person who will later support other young people," she said. She added that the contest seeks to recognise a person "one who knows about HIV, who has the information and is willing to share their story to help others". The Y+ contest was started to end stigma and discrimination among young people living with HIV -- by creating awareness about HIV, encouraging people to know their status and adhere to their medication. "That is the gist," said Nakato.

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And This Year's Winner Of The Fast Forward Golden Egg Is .......!

The title right there was the sentence precedent to us being mentioned winners. And if you are wondering, Yes it is our 2nd win in a row. We are privildged to be winners of the just concluded Fast Forward Golden egg award, at the International AIDS Conference.--AGAIN. The first time the Uganda Network Of Young People Living With HIV/AIDS won the Golden egg award was in July 2017. And this is a story we tell each time we are asked about this blessing. When the call for innovatiove solutions came out, our E.D Nicholas Niwagaba, then Programs Manager, assembled a video on his smart phone telling the story of the Beauty Pageant; from the regionals to the boot camp and finally the crowning of the Mis and Mr. in the grand finale. When he pitched with this video playing in the background, the high level jury was astounded at how such an intervention was not widely spread. And just like that--- we won our first golden egg. This year too, Aidsfonds called for nominations for the fast forward award 2018. This partyicular one was seeking for a local innovation for global challenges in the HIV/AIDS response building bridges between communities and dionors. The nominee would then be given a chance to pitch their innovation to a high level jury at the International AIDS Conference 2018. This time we were much more organised and had a glimpse of what to expect seeing that experience was in our bank. The award searches for innovative solutions organised by and for the community and links them up with donors to increase funding for communities and scale-up successful approaches. Fast forward, the 22nd International AIDS Conference that brings together people from vulnerable communities -- including people living with HIV, displaced populations, men who have sex with men, people in closed settings, people who use drugs, sex workers, transgender people, women and girls and young people--and collaborate in fighting the disease beyond country borders was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It also doubles as a unique forum for the intersection of science, advocacy, and human rights. Each conference is an opportunity to strengthen policies and programmes that ensure an evidence-based response to the epidemic. UNYPA has over the time organised the Y+ beauty pageant, that will be running for the 5th year this year. The Beauty Pageant is a tool we use to disseminate information, form networks with community leaders, empower young people living with HIV with knowledge as well as advocate for their rights in a bid to end the stigma and discrimination they face becvause of their status. Special thanks goes out to Aidsfonds for organising this initiative, to our partners that have supported the successful implementation of the Y+ beauty Pagaent. Just like the World cup tour, we hope to have a visit to partner organisations to grace them with the opportunity to touch the golden egg..

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What is a condom?

A condom is a sheath-shaped barrier device, used during sexual intercourse to reduce the probability of pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection. Condoms can be made from rubber, plastic or lambskin. There are condoms for both males and females. The most important reason as to why people put on condoms is to prevent pregnancy anmd transmission of sexually transmitted infections.

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How to put on a male condom

Carefully opena nd remove condom from the wrapper Place condom on the head of the erect penis, hard penis. If you are not circumcised, pull back the foreskin first Pinch air out of the tip of the condom Unroll the condom all the way down the penis After sex but before pulling out, hold the condom at the base. Then pull out, while holding the condom in place Carefully remove the condom and throw in the trash. Note: Never use (reuse) the same condom. Open a new condom sachet for eachtime you are going to have sex.

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How to put on a female condom

Carefully open and remove female condom from package to prevent tearing The thick, inner ring with closed end is used for placing in the vagina and holds condom in place. The thin, outer ring remains outside of body, covering vaginal opening. Find a comfortable position. While holding outside of condom at closed end, squeeze sides of inner ring together with your thumb and forefinger and insert into vagina. It is similar to inserting a tampon Using your finger, push inner ring as far up as it will go until it rests against cervix. The condom will expand naturally and you may not feel it. Be sure condom is not twisted. The thin, outer ring should remain outside vagina. Guide partner's penis into opening of female condom. Stopo intercourse if you feel penis slip between condom and walls of vagina or if outer ring is pushed into vagina. To remove, gently twist outer ring and pull female condom out of vagina Throw away female condom in trash after using it. Note: Do not use a female condom more than once Tell us if this article was helpful by leaving a Comment in the section below. You can also share an experience you had while using condoms

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Why you need to have that rubber on!

"No, I like my sex uninterrrupted" is what most young people will say when asked if they wear condoms while having sex with their partners. See the reason as to why the queen always has gloves on her hands is because she treasures them, how much more then should a person treasure their wellbeing? Unprotected sex may seem "good" but those that engage in it stand a high risk of getting pregnant, acquiring an STI and therefore regretting the moment that should have been pleasureable, on the other hand, safe sex takes into consideration one's rushed choices. Majority of what is shared about Condoms is that they prevent unwanted preganancies and transmissiom of Infection; this is very correct. However, here are more benefits on Why You Need To Use A Condom First off, you dont want to be spending too much money for protection, Nah, we equally don't agree. Unlike other birth control methods that may cost as much as UGX. 45,000 (approximately $12), condoms are super easy to get from shopping stores, community health centres and youth centres. Also you should know that condoms are sometimes given free, this does not make them any less functional and the best part is that you don't need an ID or a prescription to buy them. Secondly, Condoms are Small and Portable. They will fit in any purse or wallet. Unless anyone checked your wallet or purse, they would not see them. Third, Protection is important, but so is pleasure. Luckily, condoms offer both! Condoms come in lots of different styles, shapes, and textures that increase sensation for both partners. Condoms can even delay ejaculation (cumming), so sex lasts longer plus you can use condoms for oral, anal, and vaginal sex, so they protect you from STDs no matter how you get down. Fourth, Condoms can be used with other methods of birth control. There are plenty more methods that prevent pregnancy but do not prevent transmission of STIs, this therefore makes condoms effective for use. But also incase you go wrong with your other methods and you are not sure, grab that rubber and help your partner put it on Fifth, Condoms have no side effects. With condoms, do not expect to gain weight, feel nauseaous or have an interrrupted cycle. However, people that are allergic to latex will feel an irritation that usually lasts a short while. If this happens, switch it up. Try using plastic condoms. Lastly and what is really the sexiest part of all is that; condoms let you focus on pleasure and your partner without worrying about pregnancy or STDs. Safer sex is better sex because it stops stress from killing the mood. Now be a good boy, carry that protection with you at all times and dearest lady, much as you want your partner to consider your health as priority, surprise him by saying " I got us protection". Winks

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benefits on Why You Need To Use A Condomclient

First off, you dont want to be spending too much money for protection, Nah, we equally don't agree. Unlike other birth control methods that may cost as much as UGX. 45,000 (approximately $12), condoms are super easy to get from shopping stores, community health centres and youth centres. Also you should know that condoms are sometimes given free, this does not make them any less functional and the best part is that you don't need an ID or a prescription to buy them. Secondly, Condoms are Small and Portable. They will fit in any purse or wallet. Unless anyone checked your wallet or purse, they would not see them. Third, Protection is important, but so is pleasure. Luckily, condoms offer both! Condoms come in lots of different styles, shapes, and textures that increase sensation for both partners. Condoms can even delay ejaculation (cumming), so sex lasts longer plus you can use condoms for oral, anal, and vaginal sex, so they protect you from STDs no matter how you get down. Fourth, Condoms can be used with other methods of birth control. There are plenty more methods that prevent pregnancy but do not prevent transmission of STIs, this therefore makes condoms effective for use. But also incase you go wrong with your other methods and you are not sure, grab that rubber and help your partner put it on Fifth, Condoms have no side effects. With condoms, do not expect to gain weight, feel nauseaous or have an interrrupted cycle. However, people that are allergic to latex will feel an irritation that usually lasts a short while. If this happens, switch it up. Try using plastic condoms. Lastly and what is really the sexiest part of all is that; condoms let you focus on pleasure and your partner without worrying about pregnancy or STDs. Safer sex is better sex because it stops stress from killing the mood. Now be a good boy, carry that protection with you at all times and dearest lady, much as you want your partner to consider your health as priority, surprise him by saying " I got us protection". Winks

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