Uganda to launch a new HIV initiative this week on Wednesday.
The UNAIDS country director, Dr. Karusa Kiragu expresses worries with the high numbers of Ugandan youth lacking comprehensive knowledge on HIV/AIDS saying this has a great negative impact to the country’s efforts towards fighting the scouge.
According to Dr. Karusa, 48% of Ugandan youths not having comprehensive knowledge on HIV/AIDS id too high and calls for combined efforts from all Ugandans namely, religious and cultural leaders if the numbers are to be scaled down.
However, head, fast track initiative at UNAIDS, Komiljon Akhmedov asks Uganda to ensure that men are made to know their HIV status and if found positive, then are put on treatment as well as children.
With only 1.8% young people now using condoms, this has seen 18,500 young people aged between 15-24 register new HIV infections and making the number of them living with HIV total to 160,000.
Uganda will on Wednesday this week be launching a new HIV initiative to compliment the existing campaign like the presidential fast track initiative among others.