Stigma Prevents Men from HIV testing Centers

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A random interview by Uganda Radio Network Reporter in Mbarara found out that although the men are concerned about HIV, few bother to find out their status.

 Several men in Mbarara continue to shun the routine HIV test due to stigma, and lack of confidentiality.
 
A random interview by Uganda Radio Network Reporter in Mbarara found out that although the men are concerned about HIV, few bother to find out their status.
 
Musa Sentongo, of Kakoba division said he feared to go for testing and counseling at the Aids Support Organization (TASO) due to the flaws in confidentiality. He said that the situation is aggravated by counselors who cannot keep confidential information about their patients, making HIV testing judgmental and offensive.
 
Milton Aguma of Kamukuzi division admitted that he felt comfortable not knowing his SERO status because it makes him vulnerable to contracting HIV because he will no longer doubt his health.
 
Peterson Owimana a student at Mbarara University of science and technology vowed not to go for HIV testing after one of the counselors revealed his status to his close friend.
 
Godwin Gumisiriza, the Mbarara TASO area manager acknowledges that majority of the men have shunned HIV testing and counseling. He says that only 33 percent of the 8,000 clients at TASO Mbarara branch are men.
 
Gumisiriza says Home Based HIV testing and counseling has had no impact either.
 
TASO Mbarara is trying to find options bringing the men on the HIV fight board.