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Experts suggest DNA tests should be done during pregnancy

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Experts attending a dialogue on ethics in the use of emerging medical technologies for DNA testing have expressed need for a stringent policy that provides for doing paternity tests in early childhood or never. Speaking at a meeting held at Uganda Management Institute on …

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WHO sets new guidelines for testing, diagnosis STIs

Geneva, Switzerland | THE INDEPENDENT | The World Health Organization (WHO) has released its latest guidance on sexually transmitted infections (STI) warning that infections are on the rise globally.  The latest data shows that more than a million people are acquiring the infections each day. In a statement released on Tuesday, …

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Police forensic lab gets nod to enter DNA testing market

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The government has approved the Uganda Police Force’s forensic laboratory for Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) testing, making it the third lab in the country to be authorized to conduct such examinations. This development comes amid a surge in demand for paternity testing, with men seeking …

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Mufti to convene college of Sheikhs to discuss DNA testing

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | As the controversy on DNA testing continues to perplex Ugandans, the Muslim community faces a dilemma with various scholars, Imams, and preachers expressing differing religious perspectives on its permissibility. This diversity of opinions has led to division among the faithful, leaving many unsure of which …

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DNA testing and truth about families

The trend brings joy and sorrow for those seeking it Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A local TV program features people who have doubts about paternity and films their reactions to the test results. In Uganda, the number of private facilities providing such tests has increased in the last five …

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City traders start mass Covid-19 testing

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kampala City traders under the Kampala Arcades Advocacy forum have partnered with Mild May testing laboratory to carry out massive COVID-19 screening at a subsidized cost. This is meant to control the spread of COVID-19 among the business community. Suleiman Mpagi, the forum’s organizing …

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HIV self-testing improves uptake

Up to 100% of women  given a self-testing kit took the test Kampala, Uganda | AGENCIES | Until recently, there was virtually no evidence on the acceptability and feasibility of HIV self-testing, but results of new studies now suggest that self-testing has potential in improving the uptake of testing – at …

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