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A new plan to save millions of newborn Ugandans from HIV will be launched today, representing a new frontier in the fight against Aids.
Under the new ‘Option B+’ plan, pregnant women living with HIV, the virus which causes Aids, will receive treatment early enough to prolong their lives and help them prevent transmitting the virus to babies.

If implemented countrywide, it could reduce the number of newborn babies who get infected through their mothers during pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding by more than 23,000. At least 25,000 babies are infected with HIV/Aids every year through mother-to-child transmission.

No single infection has probably inspired as many conspiracy theories as AIDS has over the last 30 years. The science of AIDS has endured tremendous attacks from as early as when the virus first appeared. A book entitled “The AIDS Conspiracy – Science Fights Back”, looks at how science has triumphed and sought to bring sense to a condition that has attracted a flurry of mad conspiracy theories.

The AIDS Conspiracy – Science Fights Back traces the emergence of AIDS denialism both in the United States and in South Africa from as early as when AIDS was believed to be the American government’s way of destroying sex and mankind. This is the second book on AIDS conspiracies and denialism that has been written by Nicoli Natrass, a professor at the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town.

14 in every 100 Men who have sex with Men have HIV

The HIV/AIDS prevalence in men who have sex with men (MSM) in Kampala is substantially higher than among the general male population living in the city, the study has established.

“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).

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

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.

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