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World AIDS day observed on December 1

HIV rapidly increasing among the general population World AIDS day observed on December 1
Melissa Porter | 03 December, 2018, 06:38

Adebayo while lamenting low rate of HIV testing, disclosed that only 22 million out of over 37 million people now affected are undergoing treatment.

Significant progress has been made in the AIDS response since 1988, and today three in four people living with HIV know their status.

The Federal Government on Saturday stressed the need for all Nigerians to know their HIV status, saying there's enough drugs and plans to cover the free treatment of all who test positive to the virus.

"In the hardest-hit countries, girls account for more than 80% of all new HIV infections among adolescents".

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

She said that it was also crucial to ensure that 90 per cent of people living with HIV know their status; 90 per cent of people diagnosed with HIV receive antiretroviral therapy; and 90 per cent of people living with HIV, and who are on treatment, achieve viral load suppression.

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. Testing is therefore a vital element in preventing further spread of the virus and ensuring that those with HIV have a better quality of life.

"But, we must understand that the HIV response is a public responsibility for everyone".

World AIDS Day is a day to remember the millions of people who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses, many of whom died because they couldn't access HIV services, because of stigma, because of discrimination and because of criminalization of key populations.

More recently, in 2018, the opioid crisis marked the first time in two decades where the number of new HIV diagnoses attributed to intravenous drug use increased.

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

Dr Uche Okoro, Project Manager, Agency for the Control of AIDS in the Federal Capital Territory, said that the Day was set aside to create awareness on HIV and AIDS. World Aids Day is an opportunity to celebrate the success of this pioneering global health campaign, and initiatives in place all over the world to tackle the AIDS epidemic.