There is life after contracting HIV- Says MP Masindi Municipality
By Brian Atuhura
The Member of Parliament for Masindi Municipality Hon. Joab Businge Abwooli has implored people living with HIV/Aids not to stigmatize themselves since there are anti retro-viral drugs which suppress the virus and one lives longer.
Speaking as the Chief guest, during the Commemoration of the World Aids Day on Wednesday this week at Kalyango Trading center in Nyangahya Division, Joab encouraged the people living with HIV/Aids not to lose hope since positive living has helped many victims to live for long with the help of taking ART's.
The event was commemorated under the National theme "End Stigma, End Aids and End Pandemics".
Dr. Betty Nsangi, the programs Manager Baylor Uganda advised the endangered age group of 45 years and above to protect themselves against acquiring the HIV virus.
She however, condemned cross generational sex which is always imposed onto young girls by mature men saying that this act has exposed many young girls to contracting HIV/Aids.
She added that according to resaerch by World Health Organization , Bunyoro Sub reguon is still grappling with new infections of children, men of 45 years and above and girls below 20 years.
The Acting District Health Officer (D.H.O), Patrick Baguma explained the plight which the district is going through in trying to manage the HIV scourge.
He added that, according to the World Health Organization report, HIV remains a major global health crisis.
Mean while, the District Chairperson Cosmas Byaruhanga advised the locals not to live recklessly and he encouraged them to always test for HIV/Aids especially for those who are sexually active since this will enable them to know their HIV status.