Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

More victors in HIV stigma fight emerge

More victors in HIV stigma fight emerge

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said this on Saturday in her message to mark the 2018 "World AIDS Day", commemorated every year on December 1, with the theme "Know your Status".

"PrEP is a good option for anyone who wants protection from HIV for whatever reason", O'Laughlin said. "In 2017, 9.4 million people did not know they were living with HIV". Despite this, people in the CNMI continue to be diagnosed with HIV; stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV/AIDS.

Free HIV testing is available through the Erie County Department of Health.

No fewer than 87 persons have died of HIV/ AIDS in the last one year and 3,000 patients receiving treatment according to statistics from the state public health facilities of Niger State. Second, sensitize people to the fact that confidential testing exists.

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"This in turn will increase family incomes and reduce poverty levels, increasing the number and length of time for children in education", he said. The research demonstrates that one of the reasons that clients with HIV, who are hard to reach with testing services (e.g., adolescents and men), like using self-tests is that the test can be very private.

"It also highlights that many people continue to get tested only after becoming ill and symptomatic of the HIV infection. In addition, with prevention therapy, no one needs to get infected..." As of 2015, the CDC reports that approximately 1.1 million people in the USA are living with HIV or AIDS.

Muluzi explained that HIV testing services are also being provided to strategic locations such as workplaces, identified hot spots in communities with high risk behaviours and places of entertainment.

"If you test positive, it is important that treatment is sought early and if as we all hope you test negative, then we will ensure you can access preventive measures such Condoms and Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC)", he said. What began as a mysterious illness that swept through the gay community and intravenous drug users would eventually become known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in 1982.

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