HIV Night Testing Campaign Kicks Off
TASO Gulu center has currently started testing clients at night in bars in a programme code named, Moon Light Clinic.
The programme is currently being piloted at Buganda pub in Gulu where 13% of the sex workers have tested HIV/AIDS positive.
A counselor who preferred to be anonymity from Buganda Pub in Gulu said the campaign dubbed “Moon Light Operation” is conducted only at night and very early in the morning since the parties involved do not want to be identified.
She says the campaign that started with very low turn up of clients has now picked up seriously adding that in the last few weeks alone more than 200 clients had been tested. She said a number of them who were found positive have been enrolled for ARV drugs.
She said the move would help a lot in reducing the prevalence rates in the region.
The Gulu TASO Counselor said that, “The challenge is that these clients keep moving from one area to the other, something she said that needed a similar countrywide exercise to address the matter”.
A preliminary report on the Uganda AIDS Indicator Survey, conducted by the Ministry of Health, shows the country’s “HIV prevalence rate has stagnated over the last 10 years, and the number of people infected with HIV has risen from 1.8 million people to 2.3 million today.