Today Is World AIDS Day

Henrietta Brewer
December 3, 2018

"The good news is that for those who are HIV positive, the government has enough drugs and plans in place to support and treat the affected for free".

Awareness talks were given to the visitors going round the stalls on the importance of using condoms without fail for prevention of HIV and STI and RTI diseases.

"You are our constituency, you are our people and we are here to support you", he said.

"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". To make matters worse, estimates indicate that only 75% of people with HIV know their status.

She said that in some parts of the region, HIV testing and access to treatment was still lacking and urged leaders to have stronger political will, commitment and increase investment to achieve universal health coverage in all states.

Also speaking, the permanent secretary in the ministry, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who was represented by Kayode Asake said, "HIV testing is essential for expanding treatment and ensuring that all people living with HIV can have healthy and productive health".

Okoro recalled that in 2016, no fewer than 1.4 million people were tested and became aware of their HIV status.

"In addition, more than three in five (15.3 million) people are accessing life-saving antiretroviral therapy". 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.

Adebayo while lamenting low rate of HIV testing, disclosed that only 22 million out of over 37 million people now affected are undergoing treatment. Stigma and discrimination still deters people from taking an HIV test. Access to confidential HIV testing is still an issue of concern.

According to World Health Organization 1 in 4 people with HIV don't know they have it, so know your risk and know your status.

"Our great success in preventing HIV transmission from mothers to babies demonstrates that we can make progress".

She said that this would enable all people have access to the services they need without facing financial hardship.

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