Scores Attended 2018 World AIDS Day in Ho

Henrietta Strickland
December 4, 2018

Through the video, he encouraged more people to come out and get themselves tested for the disease.

The United States President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), marking its tenth anniversary in Ghana this year, is in Ho with "Heart to Heart" Ambassadors preaching against stigmatisation and discrimination against people living with HIV condition.

Pointing out that HIV remains one of the leading causes of death for 10-19 year olds, she asserted that it was "especially crucial" for all young people living with HIV to know their status.

Preparations reached its peak in Ho, Volta Regional capital as scores of people thronged national celebration of this year's World AIDS Day.

HIV is a virus that damages the cells in the immune system, whilst AIDS is the name used to describe a number of potentially life-threatening infections and illnesses that happen when your immune system has been severely damaged by the HIV virus.

In the video, PM Varadkar also instructs viewers how they can get a Rapid HIV test done, which can give you results within a minute. The first antiretroviral treatment for HIV wasn't approved until 1987.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy in Malawi. "This includes Provider Initiated Testing and Counselling (PITC), Index Case Testing targeting sexual partners and children of HIV positive index clients, and HIV Self Testing to help people to know their HIV status", he said. "In 2017, 9.4 million people did not know they were living with HIV".

Until 2012, condoms were the only available method to prevent the spread of HIV.

He added that 30, 000 persons living with HIV/AIDS were now on treatment according to statistics by the public health department. But it is reported to have few side effects.

"As a committee, we hope that students and community members continue to seek out education about HIV and AIDS, and support those living with HIV", Hsu-Bishop said.

"Many of those who are being left behind are those who are more affected by HIV including people who use drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men and prisoners".

Anyone who is interested in PrEP can contact the Jackson County health department for more information.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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