- Today, about 37 million worldwide live with HIV, of whom 22 million are on treatment
Nebbi. Despite all the interventions by different actors, stigma and discrimination has still remained a leading cause of death among people leaving with HIV/AIDS in Nebbi district.
Nebbi district coordinator of People Living with HIV, Omodo Wilfred, noted that the rate at which HIV patients are shunning HIV/AIDS treatment due to stigma and discrimination is worrying.
He said most of the HIV patients more especially the working classes in the district are suffering in silence.
“The behavior of shunning HIV/AIDS services by our brothers and sisters living with HIV/AIDS has persisted and many people are dying in silence.”
The Prime Minister for Alur Kingdom, Vincent Ochaya, earlier said at a meeting that everyone deserves to live dignified live whether HIV/AIDS positive or not because all have been affected whether directly or indirectly.
“It is bad that in Alur Land people leaving with HIV/AIDS are given nick names such as Ulindi, Silim among others hence causing stigma and discrimination which has killed many even before the disease” he said.
According to the Ministry of Health National HIV Testing Services Policy and Implementation Guidelines August 2016 4th Edition reports indicates that by end of 2014, access to HTS in Uganda had improved, with 3,565 HTS outlets spread across the country, and at least 51.4% of the population aged 15-49 knowing their HIV zero-status.