HIV-1 risk and vaccine acceptability in the Ugandan military

D. L. Hom, J. L. Johnson, P. Mugyenyi, R. Byaruhanga, C. Kityo, A. Louglin, G. M. Svilar, M. Vjecha, R. D. Mugerwa, J. J. Ellner

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Between July and October 1993, 570 19- to 22-year-old volunteers were screened for HIV-1, with a resulting seroprevalence rate of 18.3% (95% CI: 14.0%. 22.6%). A cohort of 249 HIV-1-noninfected military recruits in the Ugandan Peoples' Defense Forces was followed prospectively for up to 18 months to document rates of HIV-1 seroprevalence, seroconversion, and knowledge and attitudes related to vaccine acceptability. The HIV-1 seroincidence rate was 3.56 per 100 person-years (95% CI: 1.49, 5.62) over 309 person-years of observation. At the 3- and 12-month visits, subjects were interviewed on issues of acceptance and knowledge about vaccines, including anti-HIV vaccines in particular. More than 90% believe that HIV vaccines will not cause HIV infection, and if offered, 88% report that they would take the vaccine if they were not already infected. Nonvaccine prevention methods were considered less reliable; monogamy and condom use were considered effective by only 33.5% and 69.3% of the cohort respectively. After completing the vaccine acceptability questionnaire at the 12-month visit, subjects were offered an approved polyvalent meningococcal vaccine as an indicator of general vaccine acceptance. All subjects reported receiving at least one previous vaccination, and 95% willingly accepted the meningococcal vaccination. The Ugandan military is a stable population at substantial risk for HIV-1 infection and may be a suitable population for vaccine efficacy trials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-380
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and Human Retrovirology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 15 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Africa Uganda
  • Anti-HIV vaccine
  • HIV-1
  • Seroincidence
  • Seroprevalence
  • Vaccine acceptability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Virology


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