Uganda’s efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS were on Friday given a major boost after the country’s president Yoweri Museveni publicly took an HIV test at Kiswa Health Centre IV, Bugolobi, a suburb on the outskirts of the capital Kampala.
The president who launched the voluntary testing and counselling, took the test in a bid to demonstrate to all Ugandans the importance of one’s knowledge of their HIV status towards an HIV-free generation.
However, the First Lady Janet Museveni who was also expected to be with the president at Kiswa was mising and it is not yet clear why she did not make it.
President Museveni called upon Ugandans to avoid risky behaviour which exposes them to HIV and advised them to embrace testing to establish the status of their lives.
Kampala Capital City Authority Executive Director Jenifer Musisi, who also took part in the exercise echoed the president’s words saying KCCA is committed to the fight against HIV and encouraged city dwellers to embrace testing.
Dr. Nantulya the Chairperson of the Uganda Aids Commission id Uganda is in a better position to contain HIV Virus because the tools are available but encouraged people to test.
Uganda gained worldwide praise and admiration in the 90s after it mounted an aggressive campaign against the scourge that saw a sharp fall in the prevalence rates.