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HIV a growing issue in Uganda

IN recent media coverage of Uganda's new draconian anti-homosexuality laws, there has been no mention of the massive and growing HIV/Aids problem.

Recently, Uganda's President Museveni publicly took a HIV test to raise awareness of the epidemic among the population. Currently, there are 1.5m people with HIV in Uganda and one million children orphaned because of Aids. In all, 7% of the adult Uganda population are living with HIV.

How these statistics interplay with the Uganda government's new laws is a matter for further discussion.

MARGARET HICKEY

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