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HIV Thrives in Fishing Villages

A new survey by the Joint Clinical Centre in Kabarole district suggests the HIVAids prevalence rate in fishing communities on landing sites has risen.

The report, handed to district officials in Kasese recently, suggests that people in fishing villages are more vulnerable to HIV than other communities. It shows that 65 per cent of people living on landing sites are aware of HIVAids prevention measures.

Sarah Mugisha, the gender officer of the Joint Clinical Research Centre, said that out of 100 families surveyed, only 35 families were interested in testing for HIV and knowing where to get counselling from. She added that many people still believe the disease is caused by witchcraft.

She said in areas like Kasenyi, Kahendero, Hamukungu and Katunguru fishing landing sites, people were ignorant about HIVAids prevention measures and afraid of HIV tests. Some families, she said, still believe “that if one sleeps with the wife of a fishmonger who catches lots of fish, they too would catch loads of fish.”

Source : The Observer

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