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GULU PARENTS, CAREGIVERS URGED TO LET CHILDREN KNOW THEIR HIV STATUS

World Aids Day 2021

BY OKELLO JESUS OJARA

GULU: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 03, 2021 

Parents and Caregiver within the Gulu and Acholi sub-region have been urged to make their children know their HIV status as a way to help them understand their health status.

Harriet Acan, a counselor for children and adolescents at the AIDS Support Organization (TASO) in Gulu said that to speak to their children about HIV/AIDS and positive living.

She added that the parents and caregiver should support their children holistically and make sure that the children adhere to the ARVs to suppress the virus.

“Parents and caregivers talking to their children and giving relevant and necessary support will really help to suppress the spread of HIV among the children, and will help us to achieve the target of eliminating AIDS by 2030,” noted Acan .

Walter Okema, the TASO Psycho-social coordinator, disclosed that the transmission of HIV has increased during the period of Covid-19 pandemic.

Walter Okema, Psycho – social Coordinator TASO, Gulu

He noted that the prevalence of HIV is very high among women as compared to men and this is mainly due to fewer men turning up for HIV tests.

He further noted that the rate of HIV infections is still alarming among the active group age which is 19 to 49 where the prevalence and infections rate keep increasing.

William Onyai, the Gulu district health educator, has assured that they are using all measures in place in order to see that HIV prevalence is suppressed within the district.

“We are using the local leaders, technocrats, health workers, community outreaches, and the media as well in order to disburse the information and create awareness about HIV/AIDs amidst Covid-19 pandemic,” added Onyai. 

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