Ugandan Vice President Bukenya Calls for Research on Country's HIV Prevention Strategies
March 31, 2008
At Uganda's fifth National AIDS Conference last week, Ugandan Vice President Gilbert Bukenya called for research into the country's primary HIV/AIDS prevention strategies to understand why prevalence of the disease has increased in the country, Uganda's Monitor reports.
Coutinho added that Uganda participated in a study that found male circumcision reduced the risk of HIV by 60% among men but has not implemented policy aimed at increasing circumcision rates in the country. However, Rwanda and other African countries have "taken [the research] on with full force" and have introduced campaigns to increase male circumcision, he said.
HIV prevalence in Uganda decreased from 18% in the early 1990s to 5% earlier this decade but has increased to about 6.4%. The country records a minimum of 132,000 new HIV/AIDS cases annually, the Monitor reports. The biennial conference was organized by the Uganda AIDS Commission (Kirunda/Natabaalo, Monitor, 3/27).
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