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Maine CDC encourages people to get tested on World AIDS Day

03 December 2018

Only 50% of the nearly 37 million people living with HIV are receiving life sustaining HIV antiretrovirals.

"Significant progress has been made in AIDS response since 1988 and today four in five (20.8 million) people living with HIV in the African region know their status". But the agency says that number doesn't include the one in seven people living with HIV who don't know what their status is.

The World Health Organization says HIV-positive mothers could pass the virus to their children during breastfeeding.

Deputy President David Mabuza at the 2018 World Aids Day event in Dobsonville. The demographics of people with HIV attributed to injection drug are similar to those most at risk for opioid use and addiction - which skews towards the younger, white population.

Mr. Joshi, who flagged off Red Ribbon Run at the People's Plaza to mark World AIDS Day on Saturday, has directed the Telangana State AIDS Control Society Project Director Preeti Meena to send a memorandum to the government seeking priority to qualified HIV positive persons in the recruitment by government departments. By 2017, 75% of the people estimated to be living with HIV (28 million out of 37 million) had accessed HIV testing and been diagnosed.

The good news is that there are many new ways of expanding access to HIV testing.

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.

In 2018, a report by the National AIDS Control Program revealed new HIV infections in Ghana have recorded an alarming 70.15% increase in just one year. The agency's also reminding people ME that HIV care and prevention have dramatically changed since the discovery of the virus in 1984, and many patients are able to live long lives. "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".

- In sub-Saharan Africa young women are twice as likely to be living with HIV than men.

However, it is also an important reminder that despite progress made, the world can not become complacent in its response to HIV.

Maine CDC encourages people to get tested on World AIDS Day