New injectable HIV treatment to kick off next year

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The Director-General of Uganda Aids Commission, Dr. Nelson Musoba, has said clinical trials on new injectable HIV treatment are being finalized and the government will unveil it next year.

Officiating at the commemoration of Zero Discrimination Day in Kampala on Sunday, Dr. Musoba said the treatment will reduce the problem stigma and discrimination present to Uganda’s ambition of ending HIV prevalence as a major public health threat by 2030.

“Research is in advanced stages on the injectable treatment for HIV that patients will take one dose after every eight weeks. This new treatment comes with a lot of relief and convenience…,” he said.

Dr. Musoba said the treatment will also curb the low adherence to medication as it will be unlikely that patients will forget the treatment schedules.

The function was in Bwaise, a Kampala suburb, one of the HIV-prone areas in the city.

The function was held in cooperation with the Uganda Network of Law Ethics and HIV/Aids (UGANET) to raise awareness and bring government officials to dialogue with HIV infected slum women and girls who “suffer from stigma and discrimination.”

Source: DM

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