LACK of self-control is responsible for the increase in HIV/AIDS in the country, First Lady Janet Museveni has said.
Janet said although the cause of HIV/AIDS was not known at the beginning of the pandemic in the 1980s, HIV prevalence rates had gone up because people were ignoring facts about the disease due to immorality.
She said because the cure of the disease has not yet been found, awareness campaigns should emphasise prevention.
Mrs. Museveni was on Tuesday closing a two-day workshop on HIV/AIDS control and prevention at the Mayorâ€™s Gardens, Mbale. The workshop, which aimed at promoting faithfulness in marriage, was organised by the Office of the First Lady, the United Nations Population Fund, AIDS Information Centre and the Population Secretariat.
Janet advised the 300 couples at the workshop to pray together as families and exercise self-restraint since HIV/AIDS is increasing among married couples because of unfaithfulness.
Janet, who is also the MP for Ruhama County, said the introduction of anti-retroviral drugs had encouraged some people to engage in risky sexual behaviour because, thinking the drugs can cure AIDS.
She said there was need for bold teaching, which should emphasise that anti-retrovirals do not a cure HIV/AIDS but only help victims live longer.
â€˜Immorality fans AIDSâ€™