Much-awaited AIDS survey ready to go
Tuesday 3 August 2004
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UGANDA: Much-awaited AIDS survey ready to go


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JOHANNESBURG, 27 July (PLUSNEWS) - Uganda's assistant commissioner for national disease control, Dr Alex Opio, has announced that a long-awaited national HIV sero-behavioural survey will start in three weeks' time.

The study will cost an estimated US $3 million and aims to collect accurate information on knowledge, attitudes, behaviours and practices related to HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.

The assistant commissioner said the survey would target 23,000 randomly selected people nationwide to provide information by means of interviews and blood samples.

A local newspaper, New Vision, quoted Opio as saying, "The ultimate goal is to help government plan better for voluntary counselling and testing, prevention of mother-to-child transmission and antiretroviral therapy."

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