Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

World response to AIDS epidemic at a ‘critical juncture’

World response to AIDS epidemic at a ‘critical juncture’

World AIDS Day has become one of the most recognized worldwide health days, offering a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on and celebrate successes, such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.

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.

He disclosed that the joint assessment of prevention of mother to child transmission carried out by the state ministry and State Action Control on AIDS (SACA) in 2018 confirmed that of the 51,712 pregnant women that received HIV/ AIDS counseling and testing in 25 facilities, 731 clients were positive and received ARV prophylaxis.

"I'm very happy that we as a city are on board with making sure we are doing everything to spread awareness not just on World AIDS Day, but year-round", said Mayor Ted R. Green.


"In line with the theme, we will also launch and promote HIV Self Testing services to help encourage people to know their HIV status". "It's important to improve the lives of people in London living with HIV".

"Unfortunately, we know that there are still people who are considered high risk within our communities who have yet to been tested". Most people are afraid of the stigma associated with HIV testing that prevents them from getting themselves checked in the first place. "Individuals can also volunteer with organizations like the Grand Rapids Red Project and support our local health departments that provide education, testing and services for those living with HIV". We also have to build strong linkages to guarantee HIV prevention, care and treatment services after testing.

One of the few people to go public on their HIV status was Tendai Westerhof and her message remains 'know your status'.

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (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 virus.

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