Free HIV/AIDS preventive kit launched

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People living with HIV/AIDS who can't afford anti retroviral drugs have a reason to smile. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention in partnership with Population Services International (PSI) yesterday launched a basic preventive care package to help such people. The package includes septrin, two treated mosquito nets, water disinfectant, HIV counseling and testing information and condoms. A PSI official, Sam Nganga told URN that research done by his organization has shown that the basic care package reduces the mortality rate of people living with HIV/AIDS by 50%. Cue in:#iResearch by# Cue out:...thousand people.i He said the package is free for all HIV/AIDS patients and that they target over 200,000 persons living with the disease to receive this preventive kit over the next five years. Nganga said the Kits will be distributed through community based organizations at 12 health units, six of which are in Kampala. According to World Health Organisation records, over 500,000 people live with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.