Men Retarding HIV/AIDS Prevention--TASO Official

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The number of men seeking testing and counseling services at TASO Centre in Mulago has remained low compared to that of females, an official has said.

The number of men seeking testing and counseling services at TASO Centre in Mulago has remained low compared to that of females, an official has said.
 
Dr. Daniel Bogere, the Centre Manager says the low uptake of counseling and testing services sometimes complicates the management of HIV/AIDS among female clients who turn up in the absence of their husbands.

The absence of men, according to Dr Bogere, is also affecting the family planning and Prevention of Mother to Child transmission of HIV services offered at various TASO service centres.
 
Dr. Bogere says only about three thousand male clients are receiving treatment out of close to ten thousand clients.
 
He notes that the low number of men turning up is disturbing given that TASO Mulago adopted a gender mainstreaming strategy that sought to increase the number of men receiving the services. Bogere says most times men report at Mulago in late stages of the disease, ultimately complicating efforts by care givers to save their lives.
 
On average, TASO receives 212 new clients every month, majority of who are female. Out of over 2500 clients registered by end of 2010, only 845 were males.
 
Dr. Michael Etukorit, the director of Programs at TASO headquarters says the organization, through its outreach programs, has tried to reach more men but the results have not been positive as expected.