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‘Govt measures lower HIV rate in tertiary institutions’

THE HIV prevalence rate at higher institutions of learning around the country is being kept under control by several intervention measures introduced by government, a director in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development told Parliament yesterday.

Air Commodore Ivan Dumba made the claims when he appeared before the Parliamentary Thematic Committee on HIV and Aids where he said although he did not have detailed statistics on how HIV and Aids was affecting students at tertiary institutions and universities due to confidentiality issues, awareness programmes had made a significant impact in the fight against the spread of the HIV virus.

“Tertiary institutions cater for sexually active young people, mostly in the 18 to 30-year-old category, and certain aspects of social life place members of tertiary institutions at risk of contracting HIV because of enhanced personal freedom, and coupled with the attractions and pressures of life in these institutions is a recipe for sexual activity and experimentation,” Dumba said.

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