Scaling up HIV prevention
Information sharing key in HIV fight
By Jacky Achan
Hands Up For HIV Prevention, is the global theme for Commemoration of this year’s World AIDS Day and when simply stated, it means one is in it to prevent HIV infection. On being contextualised to fit the Uganda, setting, the global theme evolved into the national theme “Joining Hands to Scale Up HIV Prevention”.
Double efforts to eliminate HIV
By Gloria Nakajubi
A 24-year-old student at a tertiary institution in Kampala, narrated: “I have always wanted to do that test, but it is just scary. The other day, a certain organization camped at our hostel for over a week, carrying out free HIV tests. I was praying for the day I would leave my room and find that they have left. They made me feel guilty, seeing that I do not know my HIV status. I just have not got the courage to do it. Not now. I think if I ever tested positive, I would slip into a depression and die before the virus gets a hold of me.
Option B+ will ensure an HIV/AIDS-free generation
By Gloria Nakajubi
Without treatment, the likelihood of HIV passing from mother-to-child is 15% to 45%. However, antiretroviral treatment and other drugs used to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS, can reduce this risk to below 5%, according to the World Health Organisation.
Moonlight clinics double HIV testing
By Elvis Basudde
A dusty outpost in Busia district on the Uganda-Kenya border comes to life at night. Parked trucks line the highway, while bicycle taxis hustle for business. Music blares out of the bars, alcohol flows freely and sex workers gather seeking out clients. It is here that Samuel Mwangi, a 60-year-old truck driver, makes a confession. “We stop here to fuel, drink alcohol and buy prostitutes,” he says
Room for improvement in delivery of HIV services
By Vision Reporters
Although Uganda has managed to reduce the prevalence of HIV drastically from 30% in the 1990s to 7.3%, the battle is still on. According to Dr Charles Kiyaga, a national diagnostics programme coordinator at the health ministry: “We can’t say we have won. There is room for improvement.” Civil society organisations (CSOs) and people living with HIV believe that HIV response in Uganda requires urgent corrective action in order to see the country on track to achieve comprehensive HIV services and the Global targets campaign by 2020
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Annual AIDSrelated deaths reduced from 67,000 to 63,000 in 2010 to 2013 and to 31,000 in 2014