By Mary Karugaba
Despite the rise in HIV/AIDS rate, there is still reason to celebrate, Parliament deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has said.
Launching the parliamentary health week, Oulanyah said Ugandans should celebrate the fact that today, people infected with HIV AIDS can live longer and produce children that free of the virus.
“Yes the rate of transmission is going up but we should celebrate the fact that people can now live longer and produce free children,” he said.
He called on all Ugandans to stop the further spread of the disease. “Let’s join hands and ensure that the virus stops with those affected. If you have it, let it end with you don’t spread it to another person,” he pleaded.
He also called on Ugandans to go and test and know their status.
Of recent, the Government has been concerned about the rising prevalence rates despite measures to curb the disease.
According to the 2011 National HIV Indicator Survey, the prevalence rates among Ugandans between the ages of 15 to 19 had gone to 7.3 per cent and even higher in women at 8.3 per cent up from 6.4 per cent in the 2004-2005 survey.