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Uganda: Wakiso Launches Anti HIV/AIDS Campaign

<p>Allen Nabanoba</p>

June 3, 2013

A campaign to fight HIV/AIDS named "Zero infection, Zero AIDS-related death and Zero stigma" has been launched in Wakiso district.

The campaign was launched by Dr. Steven Watiti, a senior doctor at Mildmay Uganda on Thursday during the Candlelight Day at Wakiso district headquarters.

The day is internationally marked on May 15, to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS, support those living with HIV and those affected by its impact and to encourage action for greater awareness.

The function was organised by Wakiso and HIV implementing partners under the theme "Reengaging communities for HIV prevention".

Watiti, who has lived with HIV for the last 30 years said: "People should know AIDS still exists and it kills. Therefore, those with AIDS should help those without the virus from getting infected. I advise people who haven't tested to do so and know their status".

Dr. Geoffrey Kisuze, the district health officer, said: "The number of people with HIV in Wakiso has increased to 10% because people don't know their status and the prevention measures".

Dan Kaguta, the resident district commissioner, expressed concern that while testimonies of people living with AIDS offer hope that one can live longer, they do little to prevent new infections.

"HIV implementing partners and people living with HIV/AIDS, let us join hands and start a new campaign for HIV prevention" Kaguta said.

Certificates of appreciation were awarded to different individuals and HIV implementing partners.