Tackling New HIV infections to top agenda during Candle light Day

Presidency Minister Esther Mbayo

BY  SpearTeam

Presidency Minister Esther Mbayo has said government will use the candle Light Day. The day is marked on May 17, every year internationally, in memory of those who have succumbed to the Aids epidemic and draw a roadmap on how to reduce new HIV infections especially among young girls and women.

“Uganda lost its focus on behavior as the centerpiece our efforts to turn off the flow of new infections. People became complacent and reverted to the pre epidemic HIV-risky lifestyles,” Ms Mbayo said

As such, she added that the country has registered a reversal of several gains in the fight against HIV/Aids between the years 2001 and 2010.
Dr Nelson Musoba the UAC acting Director General said that atleast two million peopl have succumbed to the epidemic ever since it was
confirmed in the country in the late 1980’s.

Kiryandongo district will  host the candle Light Day celebrations due to the high risks and vulnerability of HIV infections in the district caused by increased movements along the Northern corridor.

About 1.4m people are living with HIV. At the end of 2015, Uganda registered 83,000 new infections or 230 new infections every day.
Among the young women and girls between 15-24 years, the new infection stood at 18,894 in 2015, translating to 363 new infections
per week.