In an effort to strengthen awareness of HIV/AIDS among students, faculty and staff, the Student Affairs Department of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) held its second-annual campus-wide testing day on October 8th. According to Student Affairs Coordinator, Mrs. Raquel Bethel, the Know-Your-Status campaign was chiefly to make students more aware of the HIV virus, how it is spread and preventative measures. “We want to remind them to make responsible choices. There are risks involved in unprotected sex,” she said.
On hand to facilitate the free testing were health care workers from the HIV and AIDS Centre of the Ministry of Health, who gave pre and post-test counseling. They were joined by community outreach workers from the President Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Unit - a United States based program. Highlighted was the banana-themed campaign, which promotes safe sex under the message, “Don’t Get Caught Unpeeled.” The confidential testing required a prick of the finger and results were available within 15 to 20 minutes.
Ms. Hadassah Hall
Public Relations Officer
The Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute
Direct line: 502-6376