Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Half of HIV positive people face discrimination

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Celia Hoffman | 06 December, 2018, 15:11

Aliyu, who noted that result of the largest HIV survey in the world would be made public by March 2019, adding that it would enhance local ownership of the HIV response in the country.

"Globally and in Nigeria, there are several millions of people who are HIV positive and do not know their status". Designated on 1 December every year since 1988, it is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.

Knowing your HIV status has many advantages.

"We must look at HIV prevention and testing in the context of a comprehensive package of sexual and reproductive health services and information".

Yepthomi said early detection is of outmost importance as it equips one with knowledge and open avenues to protect oneself, family members and loved ones and also empowers people to make choices on HIV prevention.

To remain healthy and to prevent transmission, the virus needs to be suppressed to undetectable or very low levels through sustained antiretroviral therapy.

"There is some legal discrimination that still exists, for example if you are a pilot you can't get a full pilot's licence to fly a plane in this country".

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TCE Field Officers and volunteers build relationships with communities to provide access to HIV testing in hard-to-reach areas and among the at-risk populations. They are connected with healthcare providers to improve treatment uptake, and TCE Field Officers undertake follow-up services at the peoples homes.

Darryl O'Donnell, CEO of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations said: "Advances in medicine, technology and health promotion have powered strong progress against HIV".

Mr Russell-Moyle is the second MP to ever announce he has HIV as a member of parliament, but the first to make the revelation while speaking in the Commons.

"It's vital that everyone get tested regularly".

Strengthening the gains chalked in the fight against HIV and AIDS as well as achieving the 90, 90, 90 target depends on stopping the stigmatization of infected persons, says Ms Dzid Enyonam Kwame, the Media Specialist for the U.S President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

"But there are still far too many new infections-1.8 million in 2017 alone".

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