The Increasing HIV Prevalence in Uganda: The Next Steps

Peter Wakooba, Uganda AIDS Commission

In the early phase of the epidemic, Uganda scored impressive success when the whole nation got together in solidarity to fight the epidemic in its early phase. Here success was realized in bringing down the prevalence rates together with the rate of new infections. However, despite all the funding from AIDS development partners and the interventions, the prevalence of HIV has increased from 6.4% in 2005 to 7.3 % in 2011 questioning the level of implementation of the intervention. From the findings, it was realized that successful prevention of HIV/AIDS involves Voluntary Counseling and Testing as an entry point and the results of the test determines the behavior of an individual. Prevention of HIV/AIDS should be done by combination prevention where structural behavioral and biomedical interventions are done in combination. If a holistic approach is not employed in regard to the HIV state, the prevalence will in the long run come to alarming levels.

Presented in Poster Session 2