The annual AIDS Free Holiday campaign for young people has been launched in Yaounde, Centre region of Cameroon.
Over one hundred and seventy youths from different subdivisions in Yaounde are part of the exercise that will last for three weeks.
The campaign consist of youth volunteers combing the streets of Yaounde to educate their peers on HIV/AIDS.
They will be more visible in crowded areas including markets, travel agencies and play grounds.
The over 170 young volunteers are dressed in green jackets carrying messages that encourage every young Cameroonian to get tested to know their status.
The present AIDS Free Holiday campaign has seen many expressing enthusiasm.
Marie Antoine Ela, participating for the first time believes proper education is crucial.
“Every citizen must understand that it is important to know their HIV status. Nowadays, it is possible to live with this disease, to have a stable family and a good future. It is necessary to get tested and follow treatment rigorously if tested positive. If you are HIV-negative, you have to be careful and protecting yourself .”
Also according to the programme, Aids Free Holiday campaign team will take along HIV/AIDS mobile screening units to different neighbourhoods for instant testing.
The caravan hopes to visit over forty neighbourhoods within the Yaounde subdivisions.
The team plans to work three hours daily; from 2:00PM to 5:00PM.
At the start of the campaign in the Mvan neighbourhood, the turnout was very impressive with hundreds of young people turning out for the free HIV/AIDS screening and counselling.
The young volunteers are targeting thousands more within the three weeks of campaign.
Bruno Ndonwie Funwie