Lagos State urges residents to know HIV status

Simon Moss
December 4, 2018

Health authorities in ME are encouraging people to use World AIDS Day to learn their status about the disease.

The 32-year-old, from Brighton, added that cuts to public health meant he could not "keep quiet anymore" about an issue which affects him "so personally".

"In addition, more than three in five (15.3 million) people are accessing life-saving antiretroviral therapy". "World AIDS Day reminds us that despite these gains, 1 in 4 people with HIV in the Region still don't know they have it, have not begun treatment and are therefore at greater risk of dying prematurely and infecting others". One possible solution discussed was to combine methadone treatment with a prescription for PreP - a daily pill for HIV-negative people to protect them from infection if they inject drugs or have sex with people who are HIV-positive.

"It's vital that everyone get tested regularly". Despite an increase in knowledge and education about HIV/AIDS, research found many people living with HIV/AIDS still faced stigma in their day-to-day lives. There is now no cure but effective treatments allow most HIV positive people to live a long and healthy life.

The event was held under the theme of "Know Your Status".

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Almost a million people still die every year from AIDS.

HIV/AIDS advocates said they welcome the news while urging the Trump administration to drop efforts to slash federal funding for the program. In 2017, of the 7.9 million people living with HIV in South Africa, 60% are on ARVs.

On the 30th World AIDS Day anniversary, the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) AIDS Office Director, Mrudula Smithson, has spoken about significant progress made in the AIDS response in South Africa. To make matters worse, estimates indicate that only 75% of people with HIV know their status. About 21 lakh people across India were HIV positive and information related to 164 Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres, 22 Anti Retroviral Treatment centres, 142 blood banks across the State were provided in the stalls. "We're leading the nation to break the stigma in the fight against HIV and make sure all New Yorkers have the resources and support they need and deserve".

"We will celebrate the progress we've made in their memory, and we will stand shoulder to shoulder and continue to work together with one another to hit zero HIV transmissions and zero HIV stigma for good".

HIV preventive and treatment services have been scaled up to more than 90 percent of health facilities across the country, figures of Rwanda Biomedical Center showed.

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