HIV prevalence highest in fishing communities

HIVAIDS

Four out of every 10 people living within the fishing communities of Uganda are HIV positive.

This is according to a study carried out last year by the International Organization for Migration in six districts including Apac, Wakiso, Kasese, and Masaka indicates which knowledge about the disease has not translated into safer sexual behaviors.

Dr. Bernadette Ssebaduka who was the lead researcher reveals that access to HIV health care in fishing communities is still limited further fueling the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, a report by the United Nations Aids agency says there is a chance the Aids epidemic can brought under control by 2030.

It says the number of new HIV infections and deaths from Aids are both falling.

However, it calls for far more international effort as the “current pace cannot end the epidemic”.

The report shows that 35 million people around the world were living with HIV.

Aids-related deaths have fallen by a fifth in the past three years, standing at 1.5 million a year.

South Africa and Ethiopia have particularly improved.