May 22, 2008
Ugandan Officials Urge HIV Tests for Children
The Joint Clinical Research Centre in Kampala, Uganda, is asking parents to have their children tested for HIV, reports the Ugandan newspaper The New Vision/AllAfrica.com (allafrica.com, 5/19).
“In Uganda, 25,000 babies are infected with HIV each year,” Dr. Victor Muslime, head of pediatrics at the center told crowds at a Kampala slum on May 17, where over 200 children were tested. “Without treatment, 66 percent of them will die before they are 3 years [old] and 75 percent will die before they turn 5.”
The New Vision reports that most testing efforts in Uganda are aimed at adults; however, more than 100,000 children are living with HIV in the country.
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