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Dr. Kihumuro Apuli urges Ugandan Couples to take HIV tests together


The Uganda Aids Commission has called upon married people to always take their HIV tests together such that they can know their HIV status together.

This comes at a time when the prevalence rate of HIV amongst married people is increasingly causing concern amongst various stakeholders in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

Dr. Kihumuro Apuuli, head of Uganda Aids Commision

Dr. Kihumuro Apuuli, head of Uganda Aids Commision

The Chairperson of the Uganda Aids Commission, Dr. Kihuumuro Apuuli has told Ultimate Media that when couples test for HIV together, they build trust in each other which goes a long way in fighting unfaithfulness in marriages. He says unfaithfulness is a big cause of HIV/AIDS amongst married couples.

Dr. Kihumuro says the government of Uganda is looking at encouraging couples testing together is an effective way of fighting HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

There is a wave a renewed effort against HIV/AIDS in Uganda after prevalence rates of HIV having stagnated in the past seven years at about 7 percent. Before that, Uganda had been hailed in the fight against HIV/AIDS for having managed through various interventions to pull the prevalence rates of HIV up from over 30% in the early 1980’s to 6% in the late 1990s where it started to stagnate.

By Zacharia Tiberindwa, Ultimate Media

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