In Uganda, an AIDS Success Story Comes Undone
August 3, 2012
A new U.S.-financed survey found HIV increasing in Uganda during roughly the same period the country received more U.S. aid to fight the disease. The HIV infection rate there has grown from 6.4 percent in 2005 to 7.3 percent today, despite an influx of $1.7 billion from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Successful HIV programs, including grass-roots efforts aimed at reducing Ugandans' numbers of sex partners, had helped cut infection rates in the 1990s. In 2003, PEPFAR partnered with faith-based groups and emphasized the "ABC" approach: Abstinence, Being faithful (monogamy), and using Condoms "for those most at risk."
"If you have an environment that stigmatizes them, then don't expect people to use condoms," said Canon Gideon Byamugisha, a religious leader and AIDS activist.
New York Times
08.03.2012; Josh Kron
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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