Commentary & Opinion
Opinion: Uganda Should Employ Several Types of HIV Prevention Strategies
November 18, 2013
Gemma Ahaibwe, a research analyst at the Economic and Policy Research Centre (EPRC) in Uganda, examines in the Brookings Institution's "Africa in Focus" blog an increase in Uganda's HIV/AIDS prevalence in recent years. She notes Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his wife earlier this month "publicly tested themselves for HIV/AIDS to encourage all Ugandans to take steps to curb the spread of disease, which currently affects 7.3 percent of the population." "The increase in the HIV/AIDS prevalence has been blamed on the complacency of Ugandans -- especially regarding sexual behavior -- with the availability of antiretroviral therapies (ARTs)," "a slow uptake of proven prevention strategies like safe male circumcision (SMC)," and a failure thus far to "achiev[e] its target of universal coverage of HIV/AIDS testing by 2015," she writes, adding, "Uganda should expand coverage and uptake of a mix of different HIV/AIDS prevention methods and interventions as we move towards achieving the HIV/AIDS-related [Millennium Development Goals (MDG)]" (11/15).
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