Know your HIV status, Agency urges Nigerians

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"In the hardest-hit countries, girls account for more than 80% of all new HIV infections among adolescents". But the agency says that number doesn't include the one in seven people living with HIV who don't know what their status is. In 2017, 9.4 million people were simply unaware that they are living with a potentially deadly, but treatable, disease. Doing so can help people with and at risk of HIV access the care they need - be it for TB, mental health, hepatitis or another disease.

According to her, 70 million people had been infected of HIV, and 35 million have died of the infection since discovery in 1983. Sex workers and their clients, transgender women and people who inject themselves with drugs are also disproportionately affected by HIV.

The group and other NGOs send volunteers into the field to survey people and convince them to get tested.

HIV testing is essential for expanding treatment and ensuring that all people living with HIV can lead healthy and productive lives.

The Union government has set sights on reducing new HIV infections by 75% in the country by 2020. She added, "Access to confidential HIV testing is still an issue of concern". This is particularly important given that approximately one third of new HIV infections occur among young people aged 15 to 24 years old.

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle tells House of Commons he is HIV positive

PAHO/WHO also recommends that the age at which young people can take an HIV test without the consent of a parent or guardian be reduced in line with the recommendations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 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.

On its 30th anniversary, the World AIDS Day campaign reminds us that we should not become complacent in our response to HIV.

Mabuza addressed the official World Aids Day commemoration at the Dobsonville Stadium this afternoon.

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

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