28 June 2012

Uganda: HIV Prevalence Rate Increases

Uganda's HIV/AIDS prevalence rate has shot up from 6.4% in 2005 to 7.3% as of September last year, a new report by the ministry of health has revealed.

According to the 2011 Uganda AIDS Indicator Survey (UAIS) report released today at the media center in Kampala, the percentage increase is higher among women than men.

The prevalence rate has increased from 7.5% to 8.3% among women compared to 5-6.1% among men.

Over 130,000 new HIV infections are recorded in the country each year.

Releasing the report, health minister Christine Ondoa attributed the trend to promiscuity, where more people are having multiple sex partners.

However, it was also noted that more HIV infected Ugandans now live longer thanks to ARVs and this number feeds into the new infections to increase the prevalence rate.

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