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Projet:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Activité:Talk show ″Urubugarw'itangazamakuru″ (Club de la presse)

Date:19/09/2021

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HIV infection is a major public health concern in Rwanda, where it is among the top ten causes of mortality with negative social and economic consequences that affect people and the country. Since the initiation of the 2005-2009 National Multi-sector Strategic Plan (NMSP), Rwanda has made significant progress toward the goal of creating universal access to HIV and AIDS services.

 Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru talk show of 19th September 2021, focused on “How to prevent new HIV infections”

Invitees:

NYIRINKINDI Aime Ernest/RBC

NTEZIRYAYO Narcisse/AHF-RWANDA

UWIZEYIMANA Josiane: Nurse / KABUGA Youth Center

The invitee from RBC said that since 2018, despite all the efforts, HIV remains a public health problem in Rwanda, HIV incidence is still occurring especially among young girls.  RBC found that the prevalence of HIV infection is still 3% since 2018 and is prevalent among people aged 15-64 and among young children it is 0.4%, but it is hoped that this rate will decrease as the number of new infections decreases. From 27 to 10,000 in 2019 and now 8 out of 10,000, a new prevalence among 20-34 year olds who have been deceived by adults aged 55.

Although the number of new infections is on the decline, prostitutes in Kigali were very concerned that out of 100 prostitutes, 50% were infected, raising concerns that they could infect large numbers of people.

Mrs Josiane  from Kabuga Youth Center  said that one of the biggest factors of HIV transmission is the lack of proper knowledge and attitudes especially among adolescent girls, boys and young women and men. The sexually active group members living in towns, agglomerated settings and schools need to be educated on HIV prevention and positive life skills in order not to engage in attitudes favorable to new HIV infections. Education on HIV prevention and positive life skills are needed to protect especially adolescent girls from unprotected sexual intercourse resulting in unwanted pregnancies and possible HIV infection requires empowering and equipping them with the required knowledge and skills to push back unwilling solicitations from males

Mr Nteziryayo from AHF-Rwanda said that in their determination to combat the new virus, they have put a lot of effort into educating the public, especially in the affected areas, using various means especially media assess their needs and provide free condoms in different kiosks built for this purpose

He added that there is a problem of fewer condoms in the market comparing to demand, and sometimes people are afraid to buy condom publically while others misuse it.

The invitee from RBC argued that the rapid tests of HIV are not reliable, saying more than one test are needed and that pharmacists are not allowed to sell HIV testing equipment.

 

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