UGANDA

Wednesday 15 May 1996

Known as the country hardest-hit by AIDS, Uganda is slowly gaining all upper hand in its fight against the deadly disease. Recent studies have shown that the spread of AIDS has slowed clown among the country's young adults. The rite of infection among teenagers in the worst-hit parts of the Country his chopped sharply in the last five years. The number of pregnant women who have tested Positive for HIV - the AIDS Virus - has also gone down from 30 per cent in some urban areas five years ago, to between 15 and 20 per cent today. But these figures may pale away into insignificance when compared with the enormous scale of infection and disease in the country. Experts believe that the reversal of trends holds a glimmer of hope for other African countries battling the scourge.

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