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14 Mar 2013 description
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KAMPALA, 14 March 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - The Ugandan government's draft 2013/2014 budget allocates US$38.5 million to enrol a further 100,000 people living with HIV on life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. But activists say the money, while welcome in a country still largely dependent on donor funds for its HIV programmes, is not sufficient to meet treatment needs.

01 Mar 2013 description
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KAMPALA, 1 March 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - The condom has played a central role in Uganda's official HIV prevention strategy for over two decades, but the country has yet to get it right, with condom use declining and the government unable to meet what demand does exist.

06 Feb 2013 description
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KAMPALA, 6 February 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - The sale of HIV test kits to the public by private chemists in Uganda is causing concern among health officials, who feel that HIV testing should remain in the hands of professionals and be accompanied by counselling.

A number of pharmacies in the capital, Kampala, are stocking HIV test kits imported from China, India and several European countries; they retail for as little as 3,000 Uganda shillings (US$1.12).

30 Jan 2013 description
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KAMPALA, 30 January 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - All people who seek treatment in health centres in Uganda will be offered HIV testing and counselling under a new plan to increase access to HIV prevention and treatment.

The acting programme manager of the AIDS Control Programme at the Ministry of Health, Alex Ario, says the campaign, 'Know your Status', will be rolled out in phases to accommodate the country's struggling health system and low health worker numbers.

23 Jan 2013 description
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KAMPALA, 23 January 2013 (PlusNews) - A new Ugandan HIV-prevention campaign that frankly addresses sexual infidelity is generating heated debate over the direction the country's HIV strategy should take.

Billboards erected in various parts of the capital, Kampala, by Uganda Cares - a programme of the US NGO AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) - bear the image of a broken heart and the lines "Cheating? Use a condom" and "Cheated on? Get tested".

07 Jan 2013 description
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KAMPALA, 7 January 2013 (PLUSNEWS) - Uganda continues to fall short of achieving its goal of ensuring that 80 percent of people living with HIV receive antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) by 2015, according to the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC).

Some 62 percent of those needing HIV treatment were on ARVs in March 2012, up from 50 percent in 2010. Uganda managed to enrol an estimated 65,493 new HIV cases on life-prolonging ARVs in 2012, bringing to 356,056 the number of those receiving ARVs, according to UAC statistics.

18 Dec 2012 description
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NAIROBI, 18 December 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines [ http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/77745/1/9789241504744_eng.pdf ] - titled 'Prevention and Treatment of HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections for Sex Workers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries' - recommending, among other things, that countries should work towards decriminalizing sex work.

11 Dec 2012 description
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MUKONO, 11 December 2012 (PlusNews) - In October, a report by the Uganda AIDS Commission revealed that the country’s fishing community - considered one of the groups most at risk of contracting HIV - had inadequate access to life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). As of June 2012, just 948 of 6,225 fisherfolk in need of ARVs were receiving the drugs.

05 Dec 2012 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 5 December 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - In early 2012, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) announced it could not conclusively determine whether hormonal contraceptive injections increased the risk of HIV transmission. Almost a year later, WHO is still struggling to communicate clear guidance for women using injectable contraceptives, who are largely in the dark about these concerns, say activists, even as scientists are developing a clinical trial that could finally offer answers.

26 Nov 2012 description
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KAMPALA, 26 November 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - Fishing communities in in Uganda do not have adequate access to life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), posing a possible setback to the country's fight against HIV, new statistics reveal.

As of June 2012, just 15 percent of 6,225 fisher folk - considered one of the country's most at-risk populations - in need of ARVs were receiving it, according to the Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) in its annual review of the Uganda National AIDS Strategic Plan.

14 Nov 2012 description
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KAMPALA, 14 November 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - Sex workers in Uganda's capital, Kampala, are reluctant to seek HIV testing and treatment services, putting their health in jeopardy, preliminary results of a new study reveal.

The multi-site research study, named The Early Capture HIV Cohort (ECHO) RV217, is being conducted among high risk uninfected female sex workers in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Thailand. It is monitoring a group of high-risk sex workers to gather information on acute HIV infections.

06 Nov 2012 description
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KAMPALA, 6 November 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - More than 380,000 Ugandan men have been circumcised in the last two years as part the government's HIV-prevention efforts, new statistics reveal.

Uganda's male circumcision programme was launched in September 2010, targeting 80 percent of uncircumcised men - about 4.2 million men - by 2015. According to the Uganda AIDS Commission's (UAC) annual performance review of the National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan (2011/2012), 380,000 men were circumcised by March 2012 under the programme.

17 Oct 2012 description
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NAIROBI, 17 October 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - - The UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target [ http://www.who.int/topics/millennium_development_goals/diseases/en/index.html ] of halting and reversing the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic by 2015 has been achieved, and the world is on track to meet the target [ http://www.stoptb.org/assets/documents/global/plan/TB_GlobalPlanToStopTB2011-2015.pdf ] of reducing …

12 Oct 2012 description
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KAMPALA, 12 October 2012 (PlusNews) - HIV prevalence among public servants in Uganda is 16.3 percent, more than twice the national average, according to a recently released assessment of the epidemic among the country's various sectors.

Some 10.3 percent of hotel and restaurant workers and 9.8 percent of sales officials in Uganda are living with HIV, according to the study by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development. Some 8.6 percent of dealers in real estate, 7.4 percent of workers in manufacturing and 7.1 percent of fishing communities are HIV-positive.

10 Oct 2012 description
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ADDIS ABABA, 10 October 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - African research to improve patient care and treatment is growing, but the dissemination of evidence-based approaches to healthcare lags behind, experts say.

At a five-day workshop on how to find the best available evidence for priority health issues in Africa, researchers called for the establishment of an Africa-based regional information hub to distribute scientific research on the continent's top killer diseases, including HIV, malaria and tuberculosis.

03 Oct 2012 description
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KAMPALA, 3 October 2012 (PlusNews) - The government of Uganda is planning to establish a US$1 billion-dollar HIV trust fund to finance local HIV programmes.

21 Sep 2012 description
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KAMPALA, 21 September 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - Despite nationwide efforts to increase HIV awareness and common fears of unplanned pregnancy, young, sexually active Ugandans continue to have risky sex without using condoms consistently, spurring new measures to promote the prophylaxis.

20 Sep 2012 description
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KAMPALA, 20 September 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - Ugandans have grown familiar with HIV over the past three decades, but new research suggests that many are still scandalized by it; according to the 2011 National AIDS Indicator Survey, released on 18 September, many people still attach shame and blame to people living with the virus.

14 Sep 2012 description
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KAMPALA, 14 September 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - The government of Uganda has launched the UN World Health Organization's (WHO) "Option B+" to boost the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT).

12 Sep 2012 description
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KAMPALA, 12 September 2012 (PLUSNEWS) - In response to rising HIV prevalence [ http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95116/UGANDA-Higher-HIV-rate-cause-for-concern ], Uganda's government has announced a strategy to reduce new HIV infections by up to 30 percent by 2015, but activists have cast doubt on its ability to achieve this ambitious goal.