RPL Sensitises Nakulabye Prostitutes, UGANET Against HIV Bill

RPL Aids Foundation Uganda, an HIV/aids prevention civil society over the weekend trained over 100 prostitutes in areas of Kiyaye in Nankulabye, a Kampala suburb on how to go about HIV/aids prevention that is on the rise in the area.

HIVThe event that involved counseling, testing and distribution of ARVs tablets to those found infected was the third the organization is doing in the most vulnerable areas of Kampala suburbs.

According to RPL Programmes manager Dickson Byarugaba Mujuni, they must target the most vulnerable group to sensitize if they are to have any way to go in reducing the prevalence.

“I am impressed by the turn up and this only gives us a second thought of why the level of prostitution is increasing yet the performers also concede that it has more negatives that positives”, observed Mujuni who attributed the rise to family break downs and poverty.

“The only challenge observed is that most of the prostitutes that turned up are mostly teenagers”, he added. The training programme also focused on drug users in the area who are the daily customers.

The 2011 aids indicator survey (UAIS) indicated a 7.3% HIV prevalence increase in adults of 15-49 years, an increase of 0.6% in children less than five years.

The central region is the most affected part of the country with 10.6%. Mujuni also commended Uganda net work on law, ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET), a non government organization fighting for effective legal responses to HIV over their struggle to have the 2010 HIV/AIDS control bill revised.

UGANET called for revision of the saying that the bill infringed on some human rights which are key components of Uganda’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

UGANET against HIV bill

UGANET publicist Diana Nanjeho cited out Mandatory testing and disclosure to third parties, partner notification, and criminalization of attempted or intentional transition.

“We share a desired goal of scaling up HIV/AIDS counseling and testing but sometimes unintended mistakes happen in hospitals and to criminalise such people will lead to desertion”, noted Nanjeho who not only advised the bill to instead be renamed ‘The HIV/AIDS management bill’ to make it holistic and rights enhancement but also have a clause against discrimination and stigmatizing of the infected and affected people.

She argued that while the law seeks to promote public health, it must only impose those limitations on the enjoyment of human rights that are acceptable and demonstrably justifiable by the constitution under article 43 (2) (C) for a free and just society.UGANET is the body that was contracted by UNAIDS to spear head a national Ugandan HIV/AIDS prevalence score card expected out before the end of the year which will be essential i in observing the most priority areas to be catered for in the fight.

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