High HIV infection rate in Kanungu worries researchers

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By Perezi Rumanzi

Posted  Wednesday, December 11   2013 at  11:52

The HIV/Aids prevalence rate at entertainment places in Kanungu District has more than doubled compared to that of the entire district, a study has shown.

According to a research conducted in Kihihi, Butogota and Kanungu town councils by the Makerere University School of Public Health, prevalence rate among females in these places is at 11 per cent while that of the entire district is at 5.4 per cent. The study attributes the rise in infections in the places that include bars, video halls, hotels and lodges to risky behaviours, with condom use at 6 per cent.

While disseminating the findings on Monday, Me Steven Sendagire, the Priorities for Local Aids Control Efforts (PLACE) project coordinator at the School of Public Health, called on the district stakeholders to priotise HIV prevention in their planning.

He also called on districts to draw own approaches in tackling HIV/Aids, saying the epidemic has different risk patterns in terms of population, geography which requires a different approach by the district as opposed to the national approach.

“Normally, when NGO’s don’t have evidence, they always implement what existing institutions like Ministry of Health has produced which leaves approaches insufficient,” said Mr Sendagire. PLACE is a USAID-funded project that builds the capacity of local governments in HIV/Aids prevention.