Muhwezi: Fear Of Testing Worsening HIV Pandemic


purchase geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The Member of Parliament for Rujumbura County, ambulance Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi was the chief guest at the World AIDS Day celebrations for Rukungiri district held at Nyakagyeme sub-county stadium on Tuesday under the theme “Re-engaging communities for effective HIV/AIDS prevention”.

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Muhwezi asked people to utilise the services of free counselling and testing to know their HIV/AIDS status in order to help fight against the scourge.

“People go and test for HIV/AIDS and other diseases like diabetes, and pressure to live better life,” he appealed to the people where over 300 people tested for HIV.

The Rukungiri district health officer, Dr. Elias Rutahigwa, noted that out of the 32,000 people in Rukungiri district only 51 percent of the age between 15 and 25 years have tested and 81 percent of women in between the age of 15 and 54 years have tested for HIV putting the HIV/AIDS prevalence in Rukungiri at 6 percent.

“From the 6 percent of the people with the disease, only 8,000 people are getting ARVs in the district,” Rutahigwa said.

He then added: “We have a big problem. We have all HIV/AIDS services at all health centers and hospitals but people who test never come back to take their results. Only 60% of women tested come to take their results and 33 percent of men take their results,” he explained.

The Resident District Commissioner, Aidah Bikworenda, challenged old people for dating young ones noting that everyone is affected as those who were born with it have now graduated.


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