World AIDS day observed on December 1

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Diciembre 3, 2018

For example, in West and Central Africa, only one in two (2.9 million) people living with HIV know their status.

Dr. Christoph Hamelmann, the WHO Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, during a surprise visit to a Drop-in Center in Kerman on November 28 took a HIV test to highlight this year's theme of World AIDS Day 2018 as "Know Your Status".

Health authorities in ME are encouraging people to use World AIDS Day to learn their status about the disease. And around 5 million people are living with both HIV and viral hepatitis, with most of these people unaware. Approximately 1.8 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2017 and sadly 940, 000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses in the same year as they might not know they have HIV, aren't on treatment or start treatment too late.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has charged African Governments to improve funding support for HIV testing, care and treatment.

She listed stigma and discrimination as factors still deterring people from taking an HIV test adding that access to confidential HIV testing was aslo an issue of concern. It also serves as a gateway for those at higher risk of acquiring the virus to access the recommended package of prevention services in order to remain negative.

"Altogether 321,382 new cases of HIV infection were officially registered in Ukraine since 1987".

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"The Region of the Americas has made important progress in the fight against AIDS and part of this is down to the fact that over three-quarters of people living with HIV have been tested and nearly 80 percent of them are now in treatment", said Dr. Marcos Espinal, Director of the PAHO/WHO Department of Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health.

"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".

"There is a more than 30 per cent reduction in AIDS related deaths since 2010 and people living with HIV are living longer, healthier lives thanks to the sustained access to antiretroviral therapy".

The group and other NGOs send volunteers into the field to survey people and convince them to get tested.

- Every week, nearly 7,000 young women aged between 15 and 24 are infected with HIV. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education measures on AIDS prevention and control.

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