Campaign against HIV infection at varsities launched
Posted Monday, October 28 2013 at 01:00
This followed a recent revelation in the media that HIV infection at universities was on the rise.
The HIV Bible Movement has launched an inter-university campaign to look for the causes of high HIV prevalence in university students.
This comes following a recent publication in the media indicating that university students are among the highly infected with HIV.
Mr William Braka, the project manager, said a survey in Uganda shows that the youth and most especially university students are increasingly getting infected something which they want to fight against.
“It is absurd when university students die at a tender age. This retards the economic development of the country. We want to find out why this is happening and look for possible solutions as soon as possible,” Mr Braka said on Saturday.
However, the guild presidents who were present including the one for Makerere University, Uganda Christian University Mukono, Cavendish University, and Makerere Business School among others, said that HIV infection was high in universities because of the excitement that students come with from high school.
“Most students come to the university ready to experiment with many things they have never done thus end up indulging in unprotected sex,” observed Mr Godfrey Luyombya from Makerere Business School.
Other student leaders said HIV spread was high because of the attitude the students have, adding that most students fear pregnancy more than HIV.
“Girls indulge in unprotected sex knowing that they will abort in case of pregnancy and they have no fear of HIV. We call upon the government to tighten laws on abortion because if doctors were not carrying it out, then girls would less likely indulge in unprotected sex for fear of getting pregnant and this would help to reduce the HIV prevalence too,” Mr Joel Bamwira, the Guild speaker Uganda Christian University Mukono, said.
Student leaders called upon universities to at least teach about HIV as a course unit as a reminder of the disease.