Today Is World AIDS Day

Faith Castro
December 3, 2018

People should not test positive for HIV and receive treatment, only to die of TB, due to poor access to TB diagnosis among people living with HIV. 75% of all people living with HIV knew their HIV status in 2017.

"The Region of the Americas has made important progress in the fight against AIDS and part of this is down to the fact that over three-quarters of people living with HIV have been tested and nearly 80 percent of them are now in treatment".

Saturday marks World's Aids Day which falls on December 1 every year.

Chairman, Governing Board of National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Mrs Pauline Tallen, gave the assurance at the flag-off of a medical outreach to IDPs in Kuchingoro camp Abuja in commemoration of this year's World AIDS Day with the theme; "Know Your Status".

With an HIV prevalence of 0.26 % in its adult population, India has an estimated 2.1 million people living with HIV, according to a 2017 government report. Ukraine keeps the leading position in Europe in terms of new HIV infection cases. "In order to achieve this, we must address the barriers, such as stigma and discrimination, that prevent key populations from accessing testing and treatment services and fully exercising their right to health". More people living with HIV are now receiving treatment that is allowing them to live longer, healthier lives.

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"As far as government is concerned, we look after everybody who has tested positive for HIV irrespective of whether you reside in the rural or urban area".

Many people when asked about if they use protection told Joy News' Joseph Ackah Blay that stopping to put on either ruin the moment or makes sex less enjoyable.

This starts with the provision of testing services, particularly for those at-risk of HIV infection. Globally, 15- to 24-year-old women are twice as likely as young men to be infected.

The 2018 edition of World Aids Day is the 30th anniversary of a day set aside to commemorate the global combat against the deadly disease.

Moeti said that as part of the new 5-year strategy for WHO, the organisation was working with Member States in the African region to strengthen their health systems and help them make progress towards universal health coverage.

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