PAHO urges testing as first step towards halting the AIDS epidemic

Over 30 years ago in 1986 WHO first evaluated rapid diagnostic tests for HIV. During the intervening decades HIV testing services became widely available

PAHO urges testing as first step towards halting the AIDS epidemic

Head of monitoring and Evaluation at WACCBIP, Dr. Osbourne Quaye, said people refusing to take the test has contributed to the alarming increase because they unknowingly affect others with the virus.

Young people must have a seat at the decision-making table about their own lives, said Michel Sidibe, executive director, UNAIDS.

- About 35 million people have died from AIDS- or HIV-related illnesses since 1981, including 940,000 in 2017.

The Union government has set sights on reducing new HIV infections by 75% in the country by 2020.

Pence made the announcement on Thursday at a White House event marking the upcoming World AIDS Day, which falls on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Darryl O'Donnell, CEO of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations said: "Advances in medicine, technology and health promotion have powered strong progress against HIV".

"As you get more comfortable, it becomes easier to say".

Humana People to People joins the rest of the world in commemorating the World AIDS Day on the 1 of December.

Mr Green said: "When Prince Harry publicly speaks about taking an HIV test, or last week helped us launch HIV testing week, or when he talks publicly about HIV being nothing to be feared, that does a huge amount to tackle the stigma associated with HIV".

He advised, "it is best to test and know your status early than wait until it is too late".

The National strategic plan for HIV/AIDS suggests that bio-behavioural surveys confirm that HIV prevalence is high or "concentrated" among "key populations" that include female sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender, people who inject drugs and long-distance truck drivers and migrants. In 2017, three quarters of people living with HIV knew their HIV status and 21.7 million people living with HIV had access to antiretroviral treatment.

He also called on the Ghana Health Service and other health training schools to make it a subject of concern in the training schools such that it would provide more insight to trainee nurses. If treated, someone who is HIV positive, like myself, can expect to live a long and full life with little to no side-effects from the drugs regime. However, it is also an important reminder that despite progress made, the world can not become complacent in its response to HIV. It is the essential entry point to HIV treatment, prevention, care and support services.

"Those who have HIV or who have recently been diagnosed should know that they are free to pursue every aspect of public life without hindrance".

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