The HIV/AIDS Unit is mandated to minimize the risks of peacekeepers getting infected or transmitting the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in the course of duty in the mission.
This is done through firstly, equipping peacekeepers with the right information (facts and myths) on HIV and STIs to enable them made the right decisions to prevent infection or transmitting HIV and STIs during the mandatory induction training and continuous behaviour change communication.
Secondly by empowering peacekeepers to be able to prevent becoming infected through the adoption of the simple ABC strategy, i.e. Abstention, Being faithful to one’s partner and Consistent use of Condoms.
The unit also encourages all peacekeepers to know their HIV status by providing HIV voluntary confidential counselling and testing (VCCT) services to peacekeepers at locations in PAP-R605, Jormed Level 3 Hospital, and Star Base and through mobile services in the sectors.
The HIV/AIDS Unit is also required to mainstream HIV/AIDS concerns into mission other mission mandates especially Security Sector Reforms, Gender and Public Information in order to support the government and people of Liberia in post conflict recovery and establishment of the rule of law.