In March 2003, the Cayman Islands Red Cross launched the Together We Can HIV peer education programme.
Together We Can is a programme that gives young people the correct information about HIV and empowers them to pass that information on to their friends.It was developed by the Jamaican and American Red Cross Societies in conjunction with the World Health Organization.
The Cayman Islands Red Cross also has its own HIV awareness-raising campaign which uses t-shirts to spread a positive message.
Young people between the ages of 13 and 18 are trained as peer educators during a three-day session where they discuss the basics of HIV transmission, testing, negotiation skills, stigma and discrimination, and condom use.
Volunteers between the ages of 19 and 35 are trained as instructor trainers and national trainers to help train peer educators.
In December 2005, the success of this programme was recognised when the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies chose the Cayman Islands to launch the Faces campaign.
This series of advertisements raises awareness of unprotected sex with the powerful message: “Nobody has the truth written on their face. Protect yourself. Use a condom.”
To get involved as an HIV peer educator, please call (001) 345-949-6785 ext 27 or email email@example.com.
T-shirts raise awareness, and eyebrows, in Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands Red Cross has launched a powerful campaign raising awareness of HIV – by using t-shirts.