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Northern Uganda Registers Low Viral Load Suppression :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Northern Uganda Registers Low Viral Load Suppression

The Director Laboratory Services at the Uganda National Health Laboratory Services Dr Isaac Sewanyana attributed low suppressed viral load to low adherence to ARVs and stigma.
22 Nov 2018 10:51

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The rate of viral load suppression in Northern Uganda is low compared to other parts of the country. This is according to data from the National Viral Load Testing Program under the Ministry of Health.

Viral load are tests carried out by health personnel to determine the response of persons living with HIV have to antiretroviral treatment. According to doctors, viral load suppression can be detected two months after one starts taking ARVs. It is advised by medical officers that adults take one viral load test a year.

The districts with the lowest suppression rates include; Kampala at 62 percent followed by Kween with 62.2 percent and Amudat at 68 percent. Others include Yumbe, Bukwo, Napak and Bulambuli all ranging between 70 and 71 percent.

The findings were revealed on Wednesday during the first HIV/ AIDS Symposium.

The symposium took place under the theme ‘Fast Track and Sustain the Multi-Sectoral HIV Prevention Agenda'.

The Director Laboratory Services at the Uganda National Health Laboratory Services Dr Isaac Sewanyana attributed low suppressed viral load to low adherence to ARVs and stigma. 

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According to Dr Sewanyana, children are the most affected age group in the districts whose viral load suppression is low.

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According to the Ministry of Health, the viral load suppression among adults in the country stands at 85 percent in the country. For Uganda to be able to achieve its 90:90:90 target by 2020 which aims at making sure 90 percent of persons on ARTs will have a suppressed viral load.

Dr Nelson Musoba the Director General of the Uganda AIDS Commission says that the country needs to address viral load suppression on a community level rather than at a national one.

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The districts with the highest suppression rates in the country include; Masaka, 92.7 percent, Mbarara with 92.6, Rukungiri 92.2, Kyotera and Mitooma all in the range of 92 percent.

Other districts include Rakai, Sheema, Lyantonde, Bushenyi, Rubiriz and Kalungu all in the range of 91 percent.