Health
HIV infections on the rise among teensPublish Date: Jan 30, 2014
HIV infections on the rise among teens
  • mail
  • img
Elioda Tumwesigye, the minister of state for health in charge of general duties.
newvision

By Carol Kasujja

More teenagers are getting infected with HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.

The majority are engaged in early sexual activities with sugar mummies and daddies and house maids according to Elioda Tumwesigye, the minister of state for Health in charge of general duties.

He said this during the closing ceremony of the 22th annual youth conference at Lugogo on Thursday.

“HIV/AIDS-related deaths among teens aged 15 to 19 have increased by 50 percent. Most of the teenagers who are affected with HIV are boys because they do not practice safe sex and have multiple partners and they sleep around with house girls. About 2.1 million adolescents are known to be living with HIV,” he said.

He called upon all young people to focus on their studies and abstain from sex until marriage. He also advised those who are already engaged in sexual activities but unaware about their status to go and test to get counseling, care and support from the health experts.

In her speech read by the KCCA Executive Director, Jennifer Musisi, The first lady Janet Museveni, reminded the youth to have fun with their lives but they should not forget that HIV/AIDS is among them.

“In line with the theme of the conference 'An AIDS free generation: my responsibility', I want to call upon you, the youth from your respective schools and communities, to remember that HIV/AIDS is still with us, is deadly diseases and that it has no cure. The available anti-retroviral drugs can only prolong the life of an infected person but are, by no means, a cure,” she said.

She noted that since HIV/AIDS is largely a behavioral disease, the youth should make good choices in life and keep away from behaviors like drugs and alcohol that may expose them to infection.

During the conference, 400 youth tested for HIV and 6 were found to be positive. Four girls and 2 boys were given their results after counseling.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Japanese women are world
Japanese men's life expectancy rose above 80 for the first time in 2013, but was still several years below that of their female counterparts....
Ebola discoverer says would sit next to victim
The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus says he would happily sit next to an infected person on a train....
MPs, CSOs want  Primary Health Care funding increased
MPs and Civil society organizations (CSOs) are demanding for an additional funding of Sh39billion to facilitate health centers II, III and IVs....
Non communicable diseases are a big threat
Emily Katarikawe, the Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG) managing director has described non-communicable diseases — that include, among others, cancer and hypertension — as the new problem threatening humanity the world over that needs “immediate” attention....
Male circumcision lowers HIV risk for women
A campaign to promote male circumcision to prevent AIDS infection also indirectly benefits women, a study shows....
Doctors remove 232 teeth from boy
Doctors in a hospital in India have removed as many as 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy....
Is Uganda prepared to effectively tackle an Ebola Outbreak?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter