Ugandan president, wife to publicly test for HIV


KAMPALA : Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni are to publicly test for HIV in a bid to encourage the public to test for the disease.

State agency Uganda Aids Commission said Thursday that Museveni and his wife are leading by example with the test to fight HIV epidemic in the country, Xinhua news agency reported.  

"The objective of the public HIV counseling and testing is to demonstrate to all Ugandans the importance of knowing your HIV status as an action towards an HIV-free generation," the Commission said.    

The event will be held in capital Kampala on Friday during which Museveni will call upon parents, teachers, political, religious and community leaders as well as the media to urge Ugandans to undergo HIV test.    

Janet Museveni, who is championing the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV campaign, will use the occasion to urge all pregnant women to test for HIV.    

Uganda's HIV prevalence rate has increased from 6.4 percent in 2005 to 7.3 percent.    

The 2011 National HIV Indicator Survey shows the number of new infections rose from 124,000 in 2009 to 145,000 in 2011.--BERNAMA 

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