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Uganda: UN Tips Govt On HIV/AIDS Testing

<p>Violet Nabatanzi</p>


May 22, 2012

The United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has urged the Government to provide routine HIV/AIDS testing and counselling for all Ugandans.

The UNAIDS country co-ordinator, Musa Bungudu, said the programme must be unique such that any person who goes to the health facility for routine checkup is counselled and tested.

"We should have one week in a year for a national testing day. The campaign should be such that those who are positive are put on treatment and those who are negative are advised on how to stay negative," he noted.

Bungudu was meeting a delegation of Tanzanian municipal leaders under the Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders on HIV/AIDS in Africa.

The meeting took place in Kampala on Wednesday.

He urged Uganda to go ahead with circumcision in the prevention of HIV/AIDS, but emphasised that it does not guarantee 100% protection against the virus.

Bungudu advised that other interventions like abstinence, being faithful and condom use be emphasised in the prevention of HIV/AIDS.

The head of the Tanzanian delegation, Barnabas Kisai, said: "Although we have tried to pass on the messages about HIV/AIDS to nearly 90% of our citizens, we still find that some people have stopped fearing the disease."

The purpose of the visit was for the leaders to assess Uganda's progress in addressing HIV/AIDS in municipalities and local councils.



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