Uganda: Unfriendly Nurses and Culture Hinder Male Involvement in HIV Prevention
September 7, 2010
Uganda has been a pioneer in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, with programs dating back to 2000. Though PMTCT is now available at the county level across most of the country, gaps remain. Statistics from the Health Ministry show that while almost all women attending antenatal clinics agree to HIV testing and counseling, just two-thirds return for their results. Of those who test HIV-positive, only 17 percent deliver their babies at the hospitals.
Health experts say Ugandan men play a key role in reproductive health decisions. Yet male participation in PMTCT in Uganda hovers at just 5 percent, according to Robina Kaitrimba of the non-governmental National Coordinator of Uganda National Health Users/Consumers Organization. Failure to reach the sexual partners of HIV-positive women remains the biggest barrier to PMTCT, she said.
Inter Press Service
08.26.2010; Wambi Michael
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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