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July 5, 2012

Uganda to Enroll 100,000 More People With HIV on Treatment

Uganda's health ministry plans to provide antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to 100,000 additional people during the next year, PlusNews reports. This will be accompanied by other anti-HIV strategies such as promoting abstinence and condom use, reducing mother-to-child transmission and increasing voluntary male circumcision. The ministry estimates that 57 percent of the nation's 600,000 HIV-positive citizens are currently receiving treatment. Activists are pushing for universal access to ARVs, noting that new infections will continue to rise while only some of those living with HIV are being treated. But government experts counter that such a goal is unattainable because of a lack of training, facilities and funds. In fact, health spending for HIV issues has dropped from $328 million last year to $307 million for the upcoming year.

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