Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

World AIDS Day 2018, "Know your status", celebrates 30th anniversary

British politician reveals he has been HIV positive for 10 years in emotional statement to parliament British MP tells UK Parliament he is HIV positive
| 04 December, 2018, 00:20

AIDS remains the leading cause of death in women aged 15 to 44, and the second-largest mortality factor for teenagers worldwide.

Just ahead of Saturday's International Aids Day, France announced it would start reimbursing prescription-bought condoms to combat the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

"We have made tremendous progress in the global fight against HIV/AIDS".

"In all this, we need the political will; we need the investment from governments, partners and private sectors, and most of all we need the communities to promote demand for HIV testing services".

Campaigners say one of the biggest challenges in the fight to end AIDS is encouraging people to get tested and making them aware of treatment and prevention services. Self-testing, community-based testing and multi-disease testing are all helping people know their HIV status.

On revealing his diagnosis to friends and family, he said: "The first person I rang up was a flatmate who I lived with whose younger brother happened to have HIV, so you first of all find out people that maybe understand a little bit of those experiences".


The campaign aims to show support for those living with HIV and gives people a chance to remember those killed by aids-related illnesses. More people living with HIV are now receiving treatment that is allowing them to live longer, healthier lives.

The Department of Health's HIV Uninsured Care Programs include five initiatives to provide health care services to uninsured and underinsured New Yorkers who are diagnosed with HIV. "World AIDS Day reminds us that despite these gains, 1 in 4 people with HIV in the Region still don't know they have it, have not begun treatment and are therefore at greater risk of dying prematurely and infecting others".

The demographics of people with HIV attributed to injection drug are similar to those most at risk for opioid use and addiction - which skews towards the younger, white population. To achieve the first 90, free HIV counselling and screening was provided to the visitors at Elante Mall.

"I was 22 years old, and diagnosed early". DAPP Namibia has been running TCE programme for more than 10 years reaching 1.4 million Namibians as a result.

Greg Olsen, Acting Director of the New York State Office for the Aging said, "I applaud Governor Cuomo for his ongoing commitment to Ending the Epidemic by expanding access to HIV care for people who are uninsured and underinsured".

"The sad truth is that many people do not get tested for HIV because of the stigma that surrounds it".

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