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UGANDA: Increased condom urged for HIV prevention
8 August 2006 (PlusNews ), Ugandan Vice-President Gilbert Bukenya is lobbying for condoms to form a bigger part of HIV prevention efforts, the local New Vision newspaper reported.
UGANDA: FGM among the Pokot heightens HIV risk
25 July 2006 (PlusNews ), The traditional practice of cutting a girl's genitalia still marks the transition to womanhood among the Pokot in the northeastern Ugandan region of Karamoja, despite growing fears that the ritual is fuelling the spread of HIV/AIDS.
UGANDA: HIV takes root in remote, unprepared Karamoja
10 July 2006 (PlusNews ), Ten years ago, HIV/AIDS was unknown in the isolated semi-nomadic Karamajong communities of northeastern Uganda's volatile Karamoja region.
UGANDA: Kabale men pressured on VCT
6 July 2006 (PlusNews ), Uganda's Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) is urging men in Kabale district to use the voluntary counselling testing (VCT) services to determine their HIV status.
UGANDA: Another Global Fund blacklisting possible
5 July 2006 (PlusNews ), Uganda may again lose its support from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, just months after having had a suspension lifted, the local Monitor newspaper reported.
UGANDA: Govt gets strict on wilful infection
5 July 2006 (PlusNews ), The Ugandan parliament could soon deliberate on proposed legislation calling for the death penalty for HIV-positive people who wilfully infect minors.
UGANDA: Govt reacts to ARV shortage claims
4 July 2006 (PlusNews ), Uganda's Ministry of Health has allayed fears that its free antiretroviral (ARV) rollout programme had hit a roadblock.
UGANDA: ARVs in short supply
3 July 2006 (PlusNews ), A shortage of free anti-AIDS drugs (ARVs) in Uganda is forcing some treatment centres to cut back on their targets, activists said on Monday.
UGANDA: New board game makes HIV education fun
3 July 2006 (PlusNews ), Rather than preaching HIV/AIDS prevention messages to students, the government has unveiled a board game warning of the dangers of careless sexual behaviour.
UGANDA: Staff shortages hampering HIV/AIDS care in Kitgum
21 June 2006 (PlusNews ), A shortage of trained medical staff in the war-torn northern Ugandan district of Kitgum is compromising efforts to improve the care, support and treatment of HIV/AIDS patients. Continuing insecurity and dire living conditions in the district's ubiquitous camps for the displaced are prompting qualified staff to quit in search of a more comfortable working environment, leaving already ill-equipped health centres even more short-staffed.
UGANDA: Challenges of resettlement for HIV-positive displaced
20 June 2006 (PlusNews ), Walter Okello clutched his wheezing, gaunt three-year-old son as they sat on a wooden bench outside northern Uganda's Lira Regional Hospital waiting for the results of an HIV test. "If Emy tests positive then it means my wife must be positive too, and that will make three of us," said HIV-positive Okello, resigned to the likely outcome of the blood test.
UGANDA: Condom shortage in north affecting HIV prevention efforts
15 June 2006 (PlusNews ), On a shelf in The Faith Drug Store at Unyama camp for the internally displaced, near the northern Ugandan town of Gulu, a box of 'Lifeguard' and a box of 'Protector' - commercial condom brands - sit between boxes of malaria and common cold medicines, but both are empty.
UGANDA: Living positively in war-ravaged northern camps
9 June 2006 (PlusNews ), HIV/AIDS was unheard of in northern Uganda in the mid-1980s; now it is the second most prolific killer in the region, where almost two decades of conflict between the Ugandan army and the cult-like Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has driven thousands of people into camps for displaced persons, and the prevalence rate has climbed above nine percent.
UGANDA: Twin TB/HIV treatment initiative launched
6 June 2006 (PlusNews ), Uganda launched a new programme in the capital, Kampala, on Monday to simultaneously treat and educate people about the twin burdens of tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS.
UGANDA: Criminal probe recommended in AIDS fund scam
2 June 2006 (PlusNews ), A judicial probe into the mismanagement of grants to Uganda from the Geneva-based Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has recommended that former health ministers and other managers of the funds be investigated for possible criminal prosecution.
UGANDA: UNGASS - good HIV/AIDS information but too little prevention
26 May 2006 (PlusNews ), Uganda has failed to meet two of the three HIV prevention targets set by the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on HIV in 2001, according to a UN World Health Organization (WHO) official in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.
UGANDA: Glum HIV/AIDS outlook for Kampala's slum dwellers
26 May 2006 (PlusNews ), Hundreds of thousands of people live in the expansive slums of Uganda's capital city, Kampala, most of whom migrated from their rural homes to escape poverty, only to encounter hardship, squalor and exposure to disease.
UGANDA: Politicians implicated in Global Fund scam excluded from gov't
24 May 2006 (PlusNews ), Uganda's former health minister and his two deputies - all of whom are accused of mismanagement of foreign grants to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria - have been left out of President Yoweri Museveni's new cabinet.
UGANDA: Men's union encourages men to be more open about HIV
22 May 2006 (PlusNews ), A pioneering support group in Uganda is urging men living with HIV/AIDS to own up to their condition rather than putting themselves and their families at risk by staying in denial.
UGANDA: UN urged to prioritise AIDS
22 May 2006 (PlusNews ), UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was urged on Sunday to place HIV/AIDS in Uganda high on the agenda of the UN General Assembly Special Session on the pandemic, scheduled for June in New York.

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