Know your HIV status, Agency urges Nigerians

Know your HIV status, Agency urges Nigerians

I had my test a few days ago and I encourage everyone to get tested to know their status. It is a time for people to unite in the fight against the spread of HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate friends and loved ones who lost their fight to AIDS.

The theme for the 2018 World AIDS Day commemoration is "Know Your Status" which brings into spotlight the importance of urging people to know their HIV infection status by getting tested.

According to her, 70 million people had been infected of HIV, and 35 million have died of the infection since discovery in 1983.

The occasion also celebrates the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, first initiated by WHO in 1988.

Based on the latest data by UNAIDS 36.9 million people globally were living with HIV in 2017.

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HIV testing provides people with a unique opportunity to discover their HIV status and enables those diagnosed with HIV to rapidly initiate lifesaving treatment. More people living with HIV are now receiving treatment that is allowing them to live longer, healthier lives.

The good news is that there are many new ways of expanding access to HIV testing.

"To date, significant progress has been made in the AIDS response for reducing the impact of the HIV pandemic in South Africa". Aids.ua web portal quotes the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, which points out that 'during the four months of 2018, 5,764 new cases of HIV infection were registered (783 of them are amongst children under 14 years old)'. Several IAS officers, film personalities, Movie Artistes Association president Shivaji Raja and others visited the stalls and appreciated the programmes being organised by the positive network organisation for HIV positive people.

"Our great success in preventing HIV transmission from mothers to babies demonstrates that we can make progress". Only 50% of the nearly 37 million people living with HIV are receiving life sustaining HIV antiretrovirals.

"As far as government is concerned, we look after everybody who has tested positive for HIV irrespective of whether you reside in the rural or urban area".

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