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Karamoja Religious Leaders Commit to HIV Fight

Bishop James Nasak of North Karamoja Diocese says they will include health-related messages, especially on HIV during their pastoral work.

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Religious leaders in Karamoja have committed to the fight against the HIV epidemic in the region.

Currently, HIV prevalence rate in the region stands at 3.7 percent, after an increase of 0.3 percent last year.

The increase was caused by new infections especially among the young people in the region, registered from April last year. The health officials also attribute the increase in risky sexual behaviours like multiple sexual partners, commercial sex and inconsistent condom use.

Now, the religious leaders under their umbrella- Inter-Religious Council of Uganda have pledged to step up HIV awareness creation among their flock on the prevention measures.

Bishop James Nasak of North Karamoja Diocese says they will include health-related messages, especially on HIV during their pastoral work.

He also pledged to ensure that the quality services are available at the faith-based health service points or facilities for easy access.

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Bishop Nasak was speaking at Lomukura during the launch the Presidential Fast Track initiative on ending new HIV infections by 2030.

However, Bishop Nasak warned that the fight against HIV/ AIDS in the region and country may not yield much if the socio-cultural and economic status of society is not addressed. He cited moral decay and multi-sexual behaviour of some spouses which he says are the main drivers for the spread of HIV.

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Ethics minister, Simon Lokodo said the increase on HIV infections in Uganda is due to the loss of moral values such as unfaithful behaviours among couples, prostitution and homosexually.

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