We are also here to raise awareness and fight against the spreading of HIV / AIDS.
In many parts of Africa, as elsewhere in the world, the AIDS epidemic is aggravated by social and economic inequalities between men and women.
Women and girls commonly face discrimination in terms of access to education, employment, credit, health care, land and inheritance.
These factors can all put women in a position where they are particularly vulnerable to HIV infection.
In sub-Saharan Africa, around 59% of those living with HIV are female. The proportion is even more inequitable for young people, with women making up 70% of young people in the region living with HIV.
Statistics from the UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) country officer in The Gambia has revealed that between 18,000 to 24,000 people are living with HIV and the AIDS disease in the country, and for more than two decades now about 500 people died annually of HIV and AIDS and related diseases.
Despite the disturbing statistics, the country has made huge achievements in the fight against the disease.
This was revealed ActionAid International -The Gambia, which is actively involved in the fight against HIV and AIDs in The Gambia.
In many African countries, sexual relationships are dominated by men, meaning that women cannot always practice safer sex even when they know the risks involved.
The Gambia has registered major in-roads in its fight against HIV and AIDS through efforts geared towards strengthening HIV and AIDS response programmes.
Over the years the prevalence of HIV in the Gambia has been fluctuating from 1.4% to 2%. The highest rate of 2.8% was registered in 2006 and after that it keeps on fluctuation within its normal level of 1 to 2%. The first case of HIV in the Gambia was diagnosed in 1986.
Heterosexual transmission, however, continues to be the main mode of spread of HIV in Gambia
One can have HIV and AIDS and still be living and going about his/her normal daily activities. Having HIV is not a death sentence.
People who have been living with the disease for about 35 years, but they are taking the HIV treatment, and by looking at a HIV carrier you cannot say that he/she is having the disease.
The disease is manageable and one can be living with it for a number of years.