HIV/Aids prevalence on the rise despite lockdown 

Officials have said HIV/Aids prevalence is on the rise in urban areas despite the coronavirus induced lockdown.

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  • The figures also show that HIV prevalence is highest among men aged 45-49 years (14 per cent) while that of women in the same age bracket stands at  12.8 per cent.

Officials have said HIV/Aids prevalence is on the rise in urban areas despite the coronavirus induced lockdown.
Mr Robert Wandwasi, the Mbale HIV/Aids focal person, said HIV/Aids infection rate in urban areas now stands at 7.1 per cent while that for rural areas is 5.5 per cent.
Mr Wandwasi attributed the rise in prevalence to the focus on the Covid-19 pandemic, with less attention on other life threatening diseases.
 Uganda registered the first case of Covid-19 in March last year. The pandemic has so far left more than 680 people dead and 72,679 people infected.

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