Mbarara: HIV Infection Worries Medics

more about geneva; font-size: small;”>In his remarks at a stakeholders meeting on HIV/AIDS prevention at Kamukuzi, physician Mbarara District Council Hall on Saturday, clinic Masereka said with a total of 9.11 people having HIV/AIDS in Mbarara district, 10.1 percent of them live in the divisions of Kakooba, Biharwe, Muhanga and Buteraniro.

“About 2-3 percent live in rural areas especially Bugamba and Bukiiro,” he added.

Masereka emphasized that antiretroviral drugs and unharmonized messages on HIV/AIDS have partly led to the increase in the spread of the disease.

“Multiple sexual partners, transaction sex and low condom use are attributed to negligence in self control because at the end of the day people know that there will be drugs for treatment,” he said.

He added: “Yet some messages on HIV/AIDS prevention like ABC strategy and safe male circumcision have not been improved and perceived to match the changing trend.”

Masereka therefore urged for need to fight against HIV/AIDS since some messages from different organizations claim male circumcision is a means to prevent the disease yet it is wrong.

“This is false and dangerous to the lives of the people,” said Masereka.

Moses Biryomumaisho, a teacher living with HIV urged the people to protect themselves from being infected with HIV.

“It is not so simple to take drugs for the rest of your life,” Biryomumaisho noted.

In his remarks at the same meeting, the Head of Public Service Mbarara district, Didas Tabaro appealed to religious leaders to use the church as a platform to spread the gospel against HIV through using condoms.

He claimed that many people have failed to understand on how to prevent the disease.


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