Karamoja Struggling to Achieve 2030 Aids Target

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Findings from health experts in the region indicate that only 160,019 people aged 15 years and above out of the targeted 556,092 people have been tested for HIV across the region.

The Karamoja sub-region is struggling to achieve the global target of eliminating Aids by 2030.

The target codenamed  90-90-90 aims at having 90% of all people living with HIV know their status, 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV on ARVs, and 90% of all people receiving ARVS having suppression of the disease by 2020.

However, findings from health experts in the region indicate that only 160,019 people aged 15 years and above out of the targeted 556,092 people have been tested for HIV across the region. 

The Progress Report on the implementation of the Presidential Fast Track Initiative to end AIDS by 2030 Presented by Dr Cerino Achar, the District Health Officer Kotido shows that out of 1,398 people tested HIV positive, 1,072 have been put on treatment, representing 76.6 percent.  

The report also indicates that viral load suppression in the region stands at 77.9% with Amudat registering the lowest with 67.7% and Kaabong highest with 85.5%. There is also there is low uptake of HIV testing and status disclosure in the region.

According to Edith Ayoo, the Laboratory Technician at Kotido HC1V and coordinator of the Presidential Fast- Track Initiative on HIV/AIDS, there is still fear among the men to test for HIV.

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A report from Uganda AIDS Commission-UAC indicates that women have surpassed the target with 95% on testing while men are below 50% in the first 90- strategy to testing for HIV. 

Dr Nelson Musoba, the Director-General UAC says a number of men rely on their spouses to accept their HIV status. He notes that low involvement of men testing for HIV has affected the first 90- strategy in fighting the epidemic in the country. 

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