President Trump calls for eradicating AIDS and HIV in 10 years

Pablo Tucker
December 2, 2019

This was stated by him at a seminar organised by Bridge Consultants Foundation on the World AIDS Day.

ÚVZ added that early diagnostics and treatment can prolong the lives of HIV-infected people and improve the quality of their lives. Past year it was slightly up, at 199 people - but still a far cry from the epidemic's peak in the 1990s, when in 1996 more than 700 people were diagnosed in the province.

"We are now at a moment in B.C. history where we can say the HIV/AIDS crisis has transitioned from an epidemic to chronic disease management", Dix said.

In his keynote address, Bio said as indication of his government's commitment to eradicate HIV is that it had declared the disease a public health concern.

HIV, or the human immunodeficiency virus, is a virus that attacks and can destroy the body's immune system, leading to the disease AIDS.

In Uganda, the "fear factor" once associated with HIV/AIDS has disappeared, and the country commemorated the 2019 World AIDS Day at Busaana Playground, in central Kayunga District, under the theme "Engaging Young People to champion the end of new HIV infections", with a focus on young people.

According to Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), HIV diagnoses in the region declined from 174 cases in 2011 to 87 in 2018. With treatment, a person can be HIV-positive but keep the virus at bay using anti-retroviral therapy, and never develop full-blown AIDS.

Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo said the department had made considerable progress in addressing HIV and Aids over the past 20 years, with increased life expectancy and lowered HIV-related mortality rates.

She gave special credit to Dr. Julio Montaner, executive director and physician-in-chief at the BCCfE, and his team for their work in reducing the impacts "of what was once a death sentence".

The government expanded public funding for pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis medication on January 1, 2018. "Let us not bracket people who suffer from and have survived various diseases", he said at an event celebrating the World AIDS Day, organised by the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), here on Sunday.

"Breakthroughs in treatment and prevention, along with education, awareness, community work and fighting stigma, have contributed to huge advancements toward the elimination of this epidemic".

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