Deep Engagement Uganda

Three young men holding condoms in Uganda © Peter Caton for Frontline AIDS

This programme exists because lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Uganda should not experience higher rates of HIV and STIs.

Deep Engagement Uganda was set up to respond to the fact that 13.7% of LGBT people in Uganda are living with HIV and 39% have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). This is much higher than the general population.

LGBT people struggle to access health services in Uganda due to:

  • Prohibitive laws and policies
  • Lack of information
  • Low HIV risk perception and health care seeking behaviour
  • Stigma & discrimination
  • Limited health facilities with services that are friendly to marginalised people
  • Untargeted interventions
  • Health providers who have negative attitudes
  • Limited medicine stocks.

Evidence shows that there has been a shift from state to non-state actors violating the rights of LGBT people in Uganda. There is clearly a need to increase community awareness of LGBT people and their rights to access health services.

Because of this, we focus our engagement in one area of Uganda to increase access and uptake of HIV services.

We will:

  1. Increase combination prevention, HIV, and STI services
  2. Increase access to these quality services
  3. Generate and use data to enhance quality of care
  4. Empower LGBT people with knowledge on their rights

This programme is funded by EJAF, and comprised of 15 consortium members including: Frontline AIDS (Consortium Lead), SMUG, Health Gap, Hope Mbale, SPECTRUM, FARUG, FEM Alliance , TEU, ERWEO, Youth On Rock, HRAPF, VINACEF, COPTEC, Alive Medical Services, and TASO.


Since Deep Engagement Uganda began, we have reached:

  • 6,229 people with HIV testing
  • 325 people who now know their HIV-positive status
  • 294 people who are now started on antiretroviral treatment.

Read Serina’s journey as a transgender youth in Uganda

The counsellors and doctors treat us with love and dignity regardless of who we identify as.Serina

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