Oct 28, 2010

Testing Positive Can Turn Deadly In Uganda

AUTHOR:IRIN NEWSSOURCE:IRIN NEWS

There have been several murders in Uganda after being diagnosed as HIV positive. A woman tried to poison her husband and a number of women have been killed by their husbands. It is clear that counseling has been inadequate and/or insufficient. The situation is not acceptable on any scale and must be aggressively dealt with by the government and the Ministry of Health. There needs to be greater awareness that HIV can be treated successfully.  This information should be transmitted through all media sources. People are concerned about discrimination and stigma, however, peoples' very lives may now be threatened by a positive diagnosis. Life For Mothers (LFM) recognizes the tragedy that is taking place in parts of Uganda. Education, political will, along with community involvement, are absolutely necessary to deal with these crimes against innocent people. LFM will continue to work with all residents of the community, the Ministry of Health, and local parliamentarians to ensure that proper counseling is provided to ensure the safety of the population. Here's the link to the article: http://www.plusnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=90905

Did you know?

Children who have lost their mothers are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010


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