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03 December 2018, 06:38 | Randall Craig
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People should not test positive for HIV and receive treatment, only to die of TB, due to poor access to TB diagnosis among people living with HIV. Since 2005 we have almost cut in half the number of people dying because of AIDS, and we have dramatically increased the number of people living with HIV on treatment.
She advised Lagosians and Nigerians to periodically check their status and stop discriminating HIV positive persons.
So it is really important that more and more people have a HIV test, he said.
This year's theme for World AIDS Day, which is marking its 30th anniversary today 1st December, is "Know your status".
Also speaking, the permanent secretary in the ministry, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who was represented by Kayode Asake said, "HIV testing is essential for expanding treatment and ensuring that all people living with HIV can have healthy and productive health". Ukraine keeps the leading position in Europe in terms of new HIV infection cases.
The group and other NGOs send volunteers into the field to survey people and convince them to get tested.
"I call on countries to use the new HIV testing strategies and to choose a strategic mix of service delivery models to achieve universal and equitable access to HIV testing and counselling".
In order to step up efforts towards ending AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2030, PAHO/WHO, along with UNAIDS, recommends the implementation of combination HIV prevention, which is a person-centred approach that combines biomedical and behavioural interventions with measures that foster an enabling environment to overcome access barriers to health care.
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. Globally, 15- to 24-year-old women are twice as likely as young men to be infected.
"In FCT, we have over 360 sites where residents can get tested across the area councils, 160 sites providing drugs and 350 sites for pregnant women for prevention of mother to child transmission all free of charge, " he said.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has charged African Governments to improve funding support for HIV testing, care and treatment. World Aids Day is an opportunity to celebrate the success of this pioneering global health campaign, and initiatives in place all over the world to tackle the AIDS epidemic.
Over the years, we, as advocates and the medical community, have made great strides.
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