Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have asked government to increase awareness on HIV/AIDS among adolescent girls and young women in the country.
According to recent (2022) data from the Uganda AIDS Commission, the average HIV prevalence stands at 5.1 percent, but when broken down, women had high rates of 6.5 percent with men at 3.9 percent.
According to Bridget Amutwongire, the communications and media officer at Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Uganda Care, adolescents and young women lack sensitization and knowledge about HIV prevention and treatment, especially in rural areas.
Meanwhile, the Head of Advocacy and Strategic Litigation at Uganda Network of Law, Ethics and HIV AIDS (UGANET), Ms Immaculate Owomugisha says there is need for change in the way HIV and sexual reproductive messages are communicated in the country.
She further pointed out the need to fix the information gaps at the family level, asking parents to create time for their children especially those born with HIV.