New HIV Campaign To Test Urban dwellers Launched

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Titus James Twesigye, the AMICAALL Uganda Country Director told journalists on Wednesday in Kampala that the campaign is a post-millennium development goals global HIV/Aids response agenda.

The Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders' Initiative for Community Action Against HIV/Aids-AMICAALL, has rolled out a campaign to test 90 percent of the people in urban centers for HIV.

The Fast Track Cities Campaign is being implemented in partnership with UNAIDS. Titus James Twesigye, the AMICAALL Uganda Country Director told journalists on Wednesday in Kampala that the campaign is a post-millennium development goals global HIV/Aids response agenda.
 
He says the program targets to reach 90 percent of all people living with HIV to know their status and enroll them on anti-retroviral therapy. Twesigye explains this intended to help people living with HIV to have viral suppression by the year 2020. 

He says 50 percent of Ugandans live in urban settings, which are mostly affected by HIV/Aids and are the epicenters of infection. He said an average of eight percent of urban people have HIV, one percent higher than the national average.
 
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The UNAIDS Country Director Musa Bungudu, says while other high risk groups like positive pregnant mothers, TB patients and sex workers are being reached, a sizeable number of people living with HIV are not attended to.
 
Bungundu says if 1.5 million Ugandans are estimated to be living with HIV and only 750,000 are on ARV treatment, then it means the remaining people have not yet been reached and don't know their HIV status.

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Bungudu says donors and other stakeholders aside, individuals, families and the media should also play a role in fighting the pandemic.

Johnson Muyanja, the Chairman Urban Authorities Association of Uganda says due to high rural-urban migration and urban poverty, urban areas are hard hit by HIV/Aids compared to rural areas.
 
Muyanja says with one city, 34 municipalities and 174 town councils, urban areas pose a bigger challenge in the fight against HIV/Aids. He says since most urban people also have strong links with rural areas, not attending to them means they can easily spread HIV to rural areas.

According to the Uganda Aids Commission statistics, areas with high HIV prevalence and burden include Kampala, Wakiso, Kalangala, Kabarole and Midwestern Uganda.
 

 

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