Message from UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on World AIDS Day

Henrietta Strickland
September 16, 2019

World Aids Day, which falls on 1 December, will have "Know your status" as the theme this year, encouraging people to get tested, raising awareness about the importance of knowing one's status and calling for the removal of all barriers to accessing HIV testing.

But 10 per cent of Australians with HIV are unaware of their positive status. Not long after he arrived in the country, he found out he was HIV positive.

If left untreated, HIV - or the Human Immunodeficiency Virus - attacks the body's immune system and makes the body vulnerable to infections and medical conditions that it would normally be capable of controlling. In India, an estimated 120,000 children and adolescents aged 0-19 were living with HIV in 2017.

Currently, in K-P there were 16,000 registered cases of these 11,338 were men, 3,171 women, 210 transgender, 274 boys and 297 girls, they said.

Which means a quarter of people with HIV may not think twice about sharing a needle, having unprotected sex or doing other risky activities that enable HIV to spread. Let's debunk some of the most common myths.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, HIV became a worldwide epidemic with millions of people diagnosed and dying of the unknown virus.

Called OraQuick HIV Self-Test, the test allows an individual to detect antibodies to both HIV-1 and HIV-2 with a simple oral swab and provides a result in as little as 20 minutes in the privacy of one's home.

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"After effective treatments came out in around the mid-1990s, there was a period of time which people often reflect on as a period of silence around HIV where people weren't really talking about it anymore because people weren't dying", he said.

HIV infection rates are all decreasing - This isn't true within all demographics. We achieve our goals in HIV largely because of the support we got from PEPFAR and the collaboration with the University of Columbia in NY and San Francisco.We believe that our partners and again to abandon us, despite the World Bank classification of being an upcoming middle-income country because the diseases will be there despite this world classification, which is not in the hands of the majority of people, it's actually in the hands of the minority.

MTV Staying Alive believes in the power of young people to create the change we want to see.

As health personnel, we have a responsibility to ensure that HIV testing takes place, and that it adheres to the 5 Cs: consent, confidentiality, counselling, correct test results and connection to appropriate care and services.

We're also making a marked difference. Today, more than 59 countries have policies on self-testing, with 28 of countries fully implementing the policies.

That's a lot of condoms.

This year, we're celebrating the 20 anniversary of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation.

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