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Kitgum locals use ARVs to brew alcohol, 'fatten' pigs

13 December 2018, at 12:00am

Some residents of Kitgum District are said to be using Antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs in brewing alcohol and enhancing the weight of domestic animals.

ARVs are meant to slow down the spread of the HIV virus but according to Mucwini Sub-county chairperson Richard Komakech, the residents mix them with animal feeds to fatten pigs and chicken so that they attract high prices.

Mr Komakech said the ARVs are also used in brewing alcohol so that it ferments fast and in cooking beans so that they can get ready fast.

He said as a result, this has reversed the gains in the fight against HIV/Aids in the area. HIV prevalence rate in the district stands at 7.3 percent, higher than the national rate of 6.7 percent.


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