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7 out of every 100 Bada Boda Cyclists in Kampala have HIV

Jul 08, 2011 Written by  Barbara K Asaba

As they toil to help us move faster in traffic jammed in Kampala City, pick our children from schools when we are busy and deliver our goods at home when we can’t make it, they are under a viral attack.

These are boda-boda riders operating in Kampala city. The HIV/AIDS prevalence among these cyclists has been found to be higher compared to that in the general male population living in the city, according to a health survey.

“The Crane Survey,” an HIV and health related surveillance project that focuses on generating HIV-related strategic information is a brainchild of the Makerere University School of Public Health (MUSPH), the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The study done among 694 bodaboda riders operating in the divisions of Kampala City, established that the group has a prevalence rate of 7.5 percent. This is high compared to the 4.5 per cent prevalence in Kampala men.

The survey started in May 2008 and was concluded in April 2009. 694 participants were interviewed all out which were male with a median age of 26 years and a median of 9 years of education. 68% were currently married and 56% had fathered children.

George William Lubwama, who oversaw the survey said, “We first approached a few boda boda riders to participate in the survey and we gave each of them a few coupons to give others and the others also gave coupons to others. We had a peer referral system to the survey.”  Click and download the full survey report.

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