Fort Portal now Leading in HIV Prevalance

In a recent revelation, the Uganda Aids Commissioner highlighted that Fort Portal City has the highest HIV prevalence in the region according to 2023 data. Mbarara City follows, with significant rates also reported in the Northern corridor, especially along highways with high commercial activity and sex work, and the lake regions.

During a meeting with Members of Parliament on May 24, 2024, the Uganda Aids Commission Director General, Dr. Nelson Musoba, expressed concern over the high HIV rates among young people and older adults aged 40-50 years. He attributed this to cross-generational sex, emphasizing that young girls are particularly vulnerable due to their limited ability to negotiate safe sex practices.

Dr. Musoba pointed out that young girls are three times more affected than boys and that older men in their 40s and 50s also contribute to the trend due to relationships with younger girls, who often lack bargaining power for protection. He warned of potential increases in HIV rates in Hoima City as oil and gas commercialization progresses, explaining that workers may engage in risky behaviors due to separation from their spouses.

Speaking to journalists after his meeting with the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities, and State Enterprises (COSASE), Dr. Musoba noted that regional activities significantly influence prevalence rates. The upcoming oil production in Hoima City could lead to higher HIV risks as workers might interact with individuals whose HIV status is unknown.

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