Uganda to Conduct Second National Survey on AIDS
July 2, 2003
Uganda will carry out a comprehensive nationwide HIV/AIDS testing effort at the end of the year to establish the level of HIV/AIDS prevalence in the country. The current statistics are based on tests carried out by hospitals on pregnant women, said Elioda Tumwesigye, chair of the parliamentary committee on HIV/AIDS. He called for the intensification of the AIDS campaigns for youth to avert further outbreak of the epidemic and said that urgent steps are necessary to put in place a national policy on AIDS orphans and to establish well-equipped testing and counseling centers. Currently, the average prevalence in the adult population of the nation stands at 6.1 percent, according to the Uganda AIDS Commission.Adapted from:
Xinhua News Service
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