Rwanda advances self-testing in push towards zero new HIV infections

04 December, 2018, 00:17 | Author: Homer Porter
  • Lloyd Russell-Moyle Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown stands up in the House of Commons and speaks about his HIV Positive status

Observed on December 1 every year since 1988, World AIDS Day is an global day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic and mourning those who have died of the disease.

The World Health Organization says HIV-positive mothers could pass the virus to their children during breastfeeding. We now know of cases of young men who have tried to gain access to PrEP, who have been turned away and who have subsequently contracted HIV.

"The Region of the Americas has made important progress in the fight against AIDS and part of this is down to the fact that over three-quarters of people living with HIV have been tested and nearly 80 percent of them are now in treatment".

"The sad truth is that many people do not get tested for HIV because of the stigma that surrounds it". However, stigma is still with us and it presents a high barrier to HIV prevention.

Around 150,000 people in the country are infected with HIV while out of the infected number only 25,000 are registered with the treatment centres, minister for health said on Thursday.

She said that this would enable all people have access to the services they need without facing financial hardship. 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.

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

On the 30th World AIDS Day anniversary, the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) AIDS Office Director, Mrudula Smithson, has spoken about significant progress made in the AIDS response in South Africa.

He continued: "It is so important for people living with HIV to be better represented across public and political spheres, and as a serving MP to be openly living with the virus, Lloyd is already impacting positive change".

"We will celebrate the progress we've made in their memory, and we will stand shoulder to shoulder and continue to work together with one another to hit zero HIV transmissions and zero HIV stigma for good". And to effectively monitor viral load, people living with HIV need access to viral load testing every 12 months.

Speaking on the theme "Know your status", HIV/AIDS specialist, Dr. Toriola Adebayo, said ignorance of HIV status increases the risk at which an individual can be infected.

The new regulations build on the Governor's Ending the Epidemic initiative, launched in 2014, to significantly reduce HIV infections by the end of 2020 and achieve the first-ever decrease in HIV prevalence.

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