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/ (, 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.