A woman shows her card that allows her to get treatment for AIDS free of charge. ” I lost my husband and two children who were also affected by the disease. »
In 2015, an estimated 1.5 million (7.1% of the adult population of Uganda aged 15-49) people were living with HIV, and an estimated 28,000 died of AIDS-related illnesses.
The number of new HIV infections in Uganda increased by 21% between 2005 and 2013. However, the rate of new infections has decreased in recent years falling from 140,000 in 2013 to 83,000 in 2015. The number of AIDS-related deaths decreased by an estimated 19% over the same period.
Robust treatment and prevention initiatives have been implemented in recent years, leading to improved conditions for people living with HIV. Due to the implementation of antiretroviral treatment throughout the country there has been a gradual increase in the number of people living with HIV receiving treatment. In 2013, Uganda reached a tipping point whereby the number of new infections per year was less than the number of people beginning to receive antiretroviral treatment.
However, as of 2015 around 40% of adults living with HIV were still not receiving treatment. Persistent disparities remain around who is accessing treatment and many people living with HIV experience stigma and discrimination.