Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

PAHO urges testing as first step towards halting the AIDS epidemic

Abuja: Women stand near a banner during an HIV  AIDS awareness campaign on the occasion of World AIDS Day at the Kuchingoro IDPs camp on Saturday.—Reuters British politician reveals he has been HIV positive for 10 years in emotional statement to parliament
Becky Salazar | 04 December, 2018, 00:18

Asked by the Press Association why he had made a decision to reveal his status, Mr Russell-Moyle said: "I felt like I had a duty as a Member of Parliament - a few months ago I was giving out awards, congratulating people who have spoken out about their HIV status, saying how fearless they were, and there was a feeling in the back of my mind saying "Well, if I'm congratulating people, I also need to be so courageous to do that".

To expand access to HIV care for uninsured and underinsured people, the New York State Department of Health will modify regulations governing the HIV Uninsured Care Programs (HUCP) to update income criteria and eliminate the assets test. The future success of the HIV response requires us to look beyond HIV care and empower better linkages with broader health care. Free condoms were given out, while oral and confirmatory blood-based HIV tests were administered to over 300 attendees by medical practitioners at the event.

He read quotes from people who described those living with HIV as "fags getting what they deserve", and slammed anyone who would "weaponise HIV to attack LGBT people".

Almost a million people still die every year from AIDS. About 21 lakh people across India were HIV positive and information related to 164 Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres, 22 Anti Retroviral Treatment centres, 142 blood banks across the State were provided in the stalls. At the height of the HIV epidemic in the early 1990s, several thousand diagnoses among persons with a history of injection drug use were made each year.

He said that every year about 500 people in Ireland are diagnosed with HIV and in many cases HIV is passed on by people who don't know their status. And to effectively monitor viral load, people living with HIV need access to viral load testing every 12 months. The good news is that there are many new ways of expanding access to HIV testing.

Speaking on the theme "Know your status", HIV/AIDS specialist, Dr. Toriola Adebayo, said ignorance of HIV status increases the risk at which an individual can be infected. This milestone was achieved in an HIV testing campaign being done by ADPP Mozambique through HOPE Maputo project.

While HIV infection among commercial sex workers, MSM and drug users have shown a steady decline due to active targeted intervention programmes of the government, NGOs and other stakeholders, the 2017 statistics has thrown up another area of concern.

Approximately 1 in 3 deaths among people with HIV is caused by TB.

"It's vital that everyone get tested regularly".

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