Uganda to set law to curb HIV transmission

Stock: Ugandan lawmakers are set to pass a bill that criminalises the intentional transmission of the virus which causes Aids. Photo: Cultura/Rafe Swan

UGANDA - Ugandan lawmakers are set to pass a bill that criminalises the intentional transmission of the virus which causes Aids.

This is the government’s latest plan to reduce the growing number of infections in the country.

However, activists fear that the bill will be used to further stigmatise people with HIV and that it may discourage people from getting tested.

The proposed bill sets 10-year jail term for anyone who's convicted of intentionally transmitting HIV.

Officials say that recent statistics reveal that seven point three percent of Ugandans are HIV-positive.

This is about six percent more than what the country had a decade ago.

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