The HIV prevalence rate in Arua district has doubled over the last one year. 4.9 percent of the people who turned up for counseling and testing were found to be positive compared to 2.5 percent last year.
Dr. Patrick Anguzu, the Arua district health officer says 159, 000 of the almost one million who showed for VCT tested positive. In the 2012/2013 financial year, there were 60,000 new infections in the district.
Anguzu blames the escalation of new infections to multiple sexual partners, which is orchestrated by domestic violence and poverty among other factors.
Anguzu disclosed this during celebrations to mark the world Aids day under the theme “Zero HIV new infections, Zero stigma and discrimination and zero HIV related deaths by 2030.
Dr. Linus Amandu, the regional manager Baylor Uganda who represented partners in the fight against HIV Aids said despite the rise in the new infections, as partners they are committed to step up the fight against the disease in the district.
He called upon residents to embrace VCT services to know their sero status.
Jack Kokole, the chairperson of Arua district network of people living with HIV Aids said the fight against the disease will not succeed unless all those involved are transparent. He said people living with HIV across the district are leading desperate lives while those meant to help them are busy enriching themselves.