Lexington group hosts event to educate public, celebrate people living with HIV/AIDS


Ms Stephanie Sullivan, the US Ambassador to Ghana has said the US, would remain committed to helping Ghana in the fight against the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) until the virus was completely controlled in the country. The CHCC provides prevention and testing services, which aim to prevent infections before they occur and reduce the impact on people who are affected, in addition to treatment options.

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.

HIV can be passed from person to person through unprotected sex or sharing needles for drug use.

"We are now at a moment in B.C. history where we can say the HIV/AIDS crisis has transitioned from an epidemic to chronic disease management", Dix said.

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HIV continues to affect certain groups of people, known as key populations, more than others.

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

He said such patient is diagnosed with delay due to non-screening in Pakistan which affects their quality of life, he said that 12 million people in Pakistan are infected with hepatitis B and C. The exact number is unknown as post people in Pakistan do not have screening.

Kenya, like many African countries, is battling to fight HIV/AIDS, and officials warn that although HIV/AIDS drugs are free in Kenya, the youth are not taking their medication. NY officials said that, as of 2018, they have surpassed those numbers - 93% of people with HIV have gotten a diagnosis, 90% are on treatment and 92% of those on treatment are virally suppressed.

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"We have to urgently redirect our focus and address the relationship between HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Gender-based violence, especially in humanitarian and conflict settings", the AU Commission Chairperson said in a statement.

Cambodia has also announced its ambitious goal to eliminate virtually all new HIV infections by reaching 95-95-95 by 2025 and achieve an AIDS-free generation.

Overall, from 1996 to 2018, B.C. saw a 90 per cent drop in new AIDS cases and a 73 per cent drop in new HIV cases, said Montaner.

HIV medicines are available to help those with HIV live long and healthy lives while preventing HIV transmission. "So we have to find a cure".

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