World AIDS Day Observed

Maricruz Casares
Diciembre 4, 2018

"In addition, with prevention therapy, no one needs to get infected..."

Saturday was the 30th World Aids Day, which the Jackson County Health Department honored with a 5K Santas in Speedos and Bras run.

He added that 30, 000 persons living with HIV/AIDS were now on treatment according to statistics by the public health department.

"We need to expand community-based options and innovations to reach beyond health facilities".

The Commission had had an outreach at the Ho Central Mosque and scheduled a public lecture on: "sociocultural perspective of HIV prevention, treatment and care" at the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) and a health walk to herald the national durbar at the Jubilee Park, to be followed with a thanksgiving service on Sunday.

"If people don't know their HIV status, people who are living with HIV can't start treatment, and people who are HIV-negative can't get the knowledge and skills they need to keep that way", he stated.

"This progress is however not uniform in our Region".

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According to World Aids Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus.

The theme is "Know Your Status" and highlights the importance of reaching out to people living with HIV who do not know their status and ensuring that they are linked to quality care and prevention services.

"The latest assessment is we have achieved 94:80:89.This means that we have managed to diagnose 1 001 316 people living with HIV, put 796 100 people on treatment and achieved viral suppression for 708 688 people".

It aims to raise awareness and funds for AIDS research, support for those living with the virus and remembering those who have died.

The UN chief flagged "there is still time" to scale-up testing for HIV; to enable more people to access treatment; to increase resources needed to prevent new infections; and to end the stigma. "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".

Stigma and discrimination continue to hold people back, especially key populations - including men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgenders, intravenous drug users, prisoners and migrants - and young women and adolescent girls.

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