Gulu district has been found to have the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Northern Uganda, according to the latest data released by Uganda Aids Commission [UAC].
At 14.0%, Gulu HIV prevalence rate is higher than the National average of 6% percent, and the Northern region which stands at 7%.
The data also shows that in the district, the prevalence is higher in females at 17.1 percent compared to males 0.8%
Victor Rwengabo, the UAC Zonal Coordinator for Northern region attributed the high prevalence of HIV in Gulu district to many factors including; multiple sexual partners, low intake of safe-male circumcision, Poverty among others.
“We also found that in Gulu and many parts of Uganda, there are many issues like wife inheritance, massive youth unemployment and urbanization which has led to a rapid increase in the prevalence,” Rwengabo added.
On his part, Gulu’s acting District Health Officer Yoweri Idiba revealed that there are about 27,000 persons living with HIV in the district.
He also revealed that many people come and take their ARVs from Gulu and that explains the reason why the prevalence could be high because Gulu is a regional hub.
The district with the highest HIV prevalence in Uganda is Kalangala at 17.4 percent and the lowest is Nabilatuk with 0.2 percent.