As Uganda prepares to mark World Condom Day on January, 13, recent findings from the Uganda AIDS Commission reveal a sobering reality
72 out of every 100 men lack the proper knowledge of how to correctly use a condom.
This revelation has ignited concerns among health officials and citizens alike, shedding light on a crucial gap in HIV/AIDS prevention efforts.
Despite significant strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Uganda continues to grapple with a severe and mature epidemic, with an estimated 1.4 million people living with HIV and approximately 54,000 new infections reported annually.
Tragically, AIDS-related deaths still claim the lives of 17,000 individuals each year.
Condom use remains a cornerstone in the arsenal of strategies deployed to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.
However, the Uganda AIDS Commission is troubled by the low uptake of condoms, citing various factors including misconceptions and concerns about condom quality, particularly those donated by government agencies.
Dr. Daniel Byamukama of the Uganda AIDS Commission emphasized the critical role of condom use in preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
He underscores the need for increased public sensitization campaigns aimed at educating individuals, especially men, about the importance of using condoms correctly for effective protection.
"The commission is calling for collaborative efforts from various stakeholders to achieve the global target of eliminating HIV/AIDS as a public health threat," Dr. Byamukama stated.
"This necessitates a collective approach involving individuals, communities, healthcare providers, and policymakers to promote condom use, encourage regular HIV testing, and ensure access to comprehensive prevention and treatment services." Byamukama added
The upcoming World Condom Day serves as a reminder of the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS and the imperative of equipping individuals with the necessary tools and knowledge to safeguard their health and well-being.