Mar 23, 2012

Newly Released Survey Reports Uganda with Higher HIV Prevalence Rate

AUTHOR:Plus NewsSOURCE:Plus News

In Uganda, the HIV prevalence had been stable at 6.4% for several years. Uganda was one of few countries that made a concerted effort to bring down the prevalence rate from an astonishingly high rate of 18% in the early 1990s to 6.1%. It then rose to 6.4% in 2002, mainly due to ineffectual and unrealistic abstinence programs. Currently, the rate has risen to 6.7% [Demographic Health Survey (DHS)] which some in the Ministry of Health attribute to lessened HIV prevention programs. Others believe that the increased rate is due to increased population growth and a shift to younger age groups. Activists contend that there is an unconscionable lack of condoms and under utilization of condoms by women and men. Life for Mothers (LfM) believes in a holistic strategy to tackle the increased HIV prevalence overall by focusing on reproductive/maternal health especially in young women. There is great concern because feminiization of HIV/AIDS which can lead to increased mother-to-child transmission. The DHS revealed that the prevalence rate for women is 7.7% while for men it is 5.5%. Additionally, women aged 15 to 19 reported codom usage during their last sexual encounter at 28.1% and men at 31.4%. LfM's strategy recognizes that need for male patrtner involvement in order to acheive lowered and sustained HIV incidnece and prevalence rates. To read the entire text click here:http://www.plusnews.org/Report/95116/UGANDA-Higher-HIV-rate-cause-for-concern

Did you know?

Between 1990 and 2008, maternal mortality worldwide dropped by one third.

Source:The World Health Organization, 2010


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