27 November 2012

Uganda: HIV Prevalence Rate Highest in Urban Women

Photo: Patrick Jaramogi/New Vision
Florence Nansubuga, 43, and Nakku Florence, 45, have been living with HIV for 17 years.

The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate is highest in women, with women in urban areas generally more likely to contract the virus compared to those in rural areas. This is according to the 2011 Uganda AIDS survey indicator.

The prevalence rate nationwide survey was conducted by the Ministry of Health at household level between February and September 2011. Results showed that the prevalence rate in women stands at 8.3% while men is at 6.1%.

The survey also showed an increase in prevalence among young adults between 15 and 49 years, with an increase from 6.4% to 7.3%. The prevalence rate in children who are less than five years was 0.6%.

The most alarming figures came from women in urban areas with a prevalence rate of 11% compared to men (8%). However, the prevalence rate in men in rural areas was the same.

The Ministry of Health attributed the new prevalence rates to multiple sexual partners.

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