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Rakai Gets 370 AIDS Counsellors

By Vision Reporter

Added 5th September 2003 03:00 AM

Rakai LC5 chairman Vincent Ssemakula has warned residents against turning to prostitution, saying this would increase the spread of HIV/Aids.

By Eddie Ssejjoba
Rakai LC5 chairman Vincent Ssemakula has warned residents against turning to prostitution, saying this would increase the spread of HIV/Aids.

Ssemakula was speaking at a graduation ceremony for 370 aids counsellors and mobilisers at Lyantonde.

The group was trained by the Lutheran World Federation.

He said in towns like Lyantonde, Kyotera and at Kasensero landing site, 35% of residents had tested HIV-positive.

“Our investigations have shown that young girls engaging in prostitution ask for only sh7,000 for unprotected sex and sh5,000 for protected sex. This is self-destruction,” he said.

Ssemakula said many youths had returned to sexual immorality believing that anti-retroviral drugs could cure HIV/Aids.

He said Rakai had drafted a strategy to fight HIV/Aids.

The communications specialist from Uganda Aids Commission (UAC), Dr. James Kigozi, hailed Rakai for following the government policy of fighting the scourge.

He said UAC will get funds to buy AIDS drugs.
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Rakai Gets 370 AIDS Counsellors

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