Emerging evidence shows that Uganda is on truck to reversing the HIV epidemic. Over the past three years, the government of Uganda and AIDS Development partners, under the leadership of the Uganda AIDS Commission and Ministry of Health have continued to intensify its efforts to fight the HIV epidemic.
NEW HIV INFECTIONS.
There has been a reduction in the number of people getting infected with HIV from 160,000 in 2011 to about 137,000 in 2013.
The number of babies born with HIV has reduced from about 28,000 in 2011 to less than 8000 in 2013
93% of pregnant women attending antenatal care were tested for HIV; 72% of whom have gone for Anti-retroviral treatment.
About 56,000 people died of AIDS in 2013 compared to 66,000 in 2011.
1.) By the end of October 2013, 577,000 people were received Ant-retroviral treatment.
2.) Between June 2012 and June 2013, 193,000 patients have been enrolled on treatment which is higher than the 137,000 new infections the same period. This represents a tipping point in the control of the epidemic.
3.) This year lane, there is a plan to enroll 240,000 patients on antiretroviral treatment.
Source: UNAIDS HIV Estimates (July 2014)
A CALL TO ACTION
As Ugandans, East Africans and Africans, we must rise up and work together (political leaders, religious leaders, cultural leaders, community leaders, the media, parents, civil society and the young people), if we are to bring down this rising HIV/AIDS epidemic.
1) EVERYONE OF US MUST TAKE A BOLD STEP AND TEST FOR HIV AND KNOW THEIR STATUS.
If you test negative and most Ugandans are, you should challenge yourself to do all you can, to live a lifestyle of self control land self respect with regard to your sexual behavior,
If you test postive, all is not lost. Be strong and positive about it. Accept your status. Immediately get enrolled on treatment. HIV positive of negative, all Ugandans are still import and of great value to their family community and the country. The government of Uganda and other partners including development partners are doing all they can to make HIV/AIDS treatment, care and support as well as other elated services available to you so as to enable you leave a productive life. If HIV postive, then be responsible never pass on the virus to others.