CHCC observes World AIDS Day; encourages NMI residents to know their status


Newswise - This World AIDS Day marks a promising and unprecedented point in a quest begun almost four decades ago to end the global public health threat of HIV through science and solidarity.

For many years, Criselda has been an HIV/AIDS ambassador.

He emphasised that reaching the global 90-90-90 target of eradicating HIV required a strategy that places people at the Centre of the response to HIV.

Under the plan, the United Nations will pursue a goal that by 2020, 90 percent of people living with HIV know their status, 90 percent of people who know their HIV-positive status are on antiretroviral therapy, and 90 percent of people on antiretroviral therapy are virally suppressed, meaning that their viral load (HIV RNA) is undetectable.

World AIDS Day launched in 1988, and much has changed after three decades.

Zafar Mirza emphasized the need for creating awareness among the people and removing the stigma surrounding the HIV/AIDS.

According to Egyptian news outlet Al Akhbar Al Youm, member of the National AIDS Program, Dr. Faten Bayoumi stated the total number of people living with HIV was 13,000 in Egypt.

"Our government is committed to advancing the fight against this disease as we increase support for communities and people affected", Premier John Horgan says in a statement.

About 7,800 of HIV patients receive medication and are aged between 25 and 35 years old, representing 42 percent of all cases detected voluntarily.

Many people living with HIV in Africa and the Middle East, however, don't have regular access to ART services.

The president's tweet on World AIDS Day said the program to end AIDS in 10 years that he announced in February has begun.

"We know that probably over half of the continuing epidemic is contributed by key population's transmission and that's again because of the stigma and discrimination, that we can help to address with self-testing", she added.

The statement read, "While we have made significant strides to turn the tide of fear, suspicion, we still have a long road to travel to win the fight against this global killer that preys mainly among the most vulnerable in society". He also promised to invest in building a resilient health care system, in line with his government's priority to provide access to quality and affordable healthcare for every citizen.

Although the study found that, overall, new HIV infections will decline by 70% in Eastern and Southern Africa by 2050, no country in sub-Saharan Africa can expect to reduce new infections by 95% among adolescents and young people by 2030.