Rukungiri Registers Decline In HIV Infections During Lock-down

Irene Turyomuriwe, a HIV counselor in Rukungiri

BY AMBROSE KWERONDA

RUKUNGIRI: FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2021

The officials at the AIDS Support Organization (TASO) in Rukungiri Municipality have reported registering a decrease in new HIV/AIDS infection.

This was confirmed by Irene Turyomuriwe, a counselor at TASO who spoke on the behalf of Agnes Kateeba the Centre’s Program Manager for Rukungiri.

Turyomuriwe said that they used to register eight to fifteen positive cases from weekly tests carried out back in 2019 but for 2020 and 2021, cases have dropped in that they can carry out testing for months without getting any single positive case.

She said this could be because in Rukungiri municipality, unlike in other places where sexual misconduct during lock-down has been rampant, people could be fearing to come into contact with others due to the fear of contracting the Coronavirus.

Florence Ngabirano, who has been living with HIV for the past 18 years urged people who live with the virus to take care of their lives and abstain from sex or stay with one partner to avoid attracting other diseases that can weaken their bodies.

Equally, Julius Nayebare, aged 23, who was got HIV infection at birth, called on the youth who are living with HIV not to lose hope and give up on themselves but take their medication regularly and guard against Covid-19.

He also urged young people to go and test for HIV in order to know their status.

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