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(From New Vision (Uganda) - AAGM)
Byline: Elvis Basudde
There is a face whichever way you turn. Faces that expose untold issues at the heart of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
It could be a hospitalised mother with severe diarrhoea. She had been breastfeeding her baby when she tested HIV positive. With counselling, she began finding her way forward.
Again, it could be Asumpta, who had been put on the government Anti-Retro Viral (ARV) therapy and was doing well until the Government supplies run out and she took a forced break from the medication, as she could not afford the high open market prices for ARVs.
When the stocks returned, Asumpta started again, but the virus in her system had become resistant to the medicine. She was switched to another therapy, which didn't work. She later died!
That is …