Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Today Is World AIDS Day

Today Is World AIDS Day

Saturday marks World's Aids Day which falls on December 1 every year.

Adebayo while lamenting low rate of HIV testing, disclosed that only 22 million out of over 37 million people now affected are undergoing treatment. "This day provides an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the cause of HIV prevention and treatment, draw attention on the global HIV epidemic, to raise awareness and remember those who have died, to show solidarity with the people living with it, and to celebrate survival and health", said an organiser.

The Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr Sani Aliyu, on Saturday called on Nigerians to get tested to enable them to know their HIV status.

"Altogether 321,382 new cases of HIV infection were officially registered in Ukraine since 1987". Progress in the Caribbean has been much faster, with an 18 percent reduction in new infections since 2010.

"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". Ukraine keeps the leading position in Europe in terms of new HIV infection cases. Sex workers and their clients, transgender women and people who inject themselves with drugs are also disproportionately affected by HIV.

The group and other NGOs send volunteers into the field to survey people and convince them to get tested.

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"But, we must understand that the HIV response is a public responsibility for everyone". Stigma and discrimination still deters people from taking an HIV test. Access to confidential HIV testing is still an issue of concern.

This starts with the provision of testing services, particularly for those at-risk of HIV infection.

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.

PAHO/WHO also recommends that the age at which young people can take an HIV test without the consent of a parent or guardian be reduced in line with the recommendations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

- Every week, nearly 7,000 young women aged between 15 and 24 are infected with HIV. World Health Organization first recommended HIV self-testing in December 2016.

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