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Saturday, 2nd December 2017
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December 1,2017 :   Uganda joined the rest of theWorld on observing the Worlds AIDS DAY. While the Global theme is "Right to Health", Uganda's theme was; "Reaching men, girls and young women to reduce new HIV infection". 

The Themewas chosen to maintain the Presidential Fast Track Initiative to Ending AIDS asa public Health Threat in Uganda by 2030. The initiative was launched byPresident Museveni in June 2017. This was revealed by the Minister for the Presidency, Hon. Ester Mbayo while addressing  the Press at Uganda Media Center.

MinisterMbayo stated that the theme entails promoting male participation which is vitalfor creating the required impact on closing the tap on new HIV infections amonggirls and women. This is because the biggest percentage of girls and youngwomen get infected by older men.

According to the Uganda Population-based HIVImpact Assessment (UPHIA) preliminary report, Uganda has made a stride in thenational HIV and AIDS response with the HIV prevalence declining from 7.3%(AIDS Indicator Survey 2011) to 6% (UPHIA) 2017. 

Informationfrom other studies done in the country indicates that the number of newinfections reduced from 99,000 in 2010 to 52,000 in 2016. Studies further showthat there was a reduction in the number of new infections in children from26,000 in 2010 to 4,600 in 2016.

The UNAIDS Country Director, Dr. Karusa Kiraguwho was also present at the press briefing said that the Global HIV Statisticsreport indicates that 76.1M people have become infected with HIV since theepidemic started, 35.0million people have died of AIDS-related illnesses eversince it started and 1 million people died only in the year 2016.  

Source: Elizabeth Kibibi