HIV/AIDS Cases Increasing Among Married Couples in Uganda; Officials Call for Increased Testing, Prevention Efforts
January 12, 2009
A recent study conducted by Uganda's Makerere University found that although the country's HIV/AIDS prevention programs primarily focus on younger, unmarried people, new cases of the disease are increasingly occurring among married couples ages 30 to 40, the New Vision/AllAfrica.com reports. The study, called "Modes of Transmission," was led by Fred Wabwire-Mangen, an associate professor of epidemiology at the university's School of Public Health. It was conducted on behalf of the Uganda AIDS Commission and UNAIDS. Wabwire-Mangen said that about 650,000 Ugandans are unknowingly living with HIV-positive sexual partners and that almost 85,000 of these individuals, or 13%, will contract the virus this year if nothing is done to increase awareness about the situation. He also said this "could explain why we see a lot of new [cases] every year" and why HIV/AIDS cases in Uganda are increasing. Wabwire-Mangen called for a large-scale campaign encouraging couples to undergo HIV testing together and plan for better health.
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