Publicado: Lun, Diciembre 03, 2018
Salud | Por Gertrudes Rodriquez

Maine CDC encourages people to get tested on World AIDS Day

Maine CDC encourages people to get tested on World AIDS Day

So it is really important that more and more people have a HIV test, he said.

1991 - Freddie Mercury, frontman of the rock group Queen, announces that he has AIDS and dies a day later from pneumonia.

Adebayo while lamenting low rate of HIV testing, disclosed that only 22 million out of over 37 million people now affected are undergoing treatment.

2017 - For the first time, half of all people living with HIV worldwide are receiving antiretroviral treatment.

Figures show that the country reported around 87,000 new AIDS cases in 2017, marking a decline of almost 70% in new infections since 1995 when the disease, which spreads due to a deadly virus infection, was at its peak. Progress in the Caribbean has been much faster, with an 18 percent reduction in new infections since 2010. Though HIV testing in the United States is readily available and oftentimes free of charge, 1 in 5 people do not know their status due to a lack of access.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said this on Saturday in her message to mark the 2018 "World AIDS Day", commemorated every year on December 1, with the theme "Know your Status".

PAHO says the majority of new infections in the Region occur in gay men and other men who have sex with men, which represent 41 percent of new cases in Latin America and 23 percent in the Caribbean.

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"So, with a loud voice, we're calling on every Nigerian to submit himself or herself to get tested for HIV so as to know whether they are positive or negative to the virus".

In the video, Varadkar demonstrated to viewers how quick and easy to receive a Rapid HIV Test which can develop a result in 60 seconds after getting a few drops of blood from a finger prick.

"But, we must understand that the HIV response is a public responsibility for everyone".

This starts with the provision of testing services, particularly for those at-risk of HIV infection.

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

Dr Uche Okoro, Project Manager, Agency for the Control of AIDS in the Federal Capital Territory, said that the Day was set aside to create awareness on HIV and AIDS.

"Our great success in preventing HIV transmission from mothers to babies demonstrates that we can make progress".

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