However, the situation is complex and men often refuse to accompany their wives for testing for a number of reasons, including stigma. Another main driver is wishing to avoid marital conflict, particularly if one partner is diagnosed with HIV while the other is not.
Dr Charles Okadi, district health officer in Soroti, said: “There is low male partner involvement in antenatal care and couple voluntary counselling and testing in elimination of mother-to-child transmission programs."
Why is the role of men important? Clearly HIV service providers require male involvement for testing because they see this as good for the success of treating mothers with HIV and for the good of men's own health.
For all you men out there, remember the vow you made? For better and worse, in sickness and in health. I think this time you need to prove it responsibly.