Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
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USA to extend HIV/AIDS aid programme: Pence

USA to extend HIV/AIDS aid programme: Pence

Deputy President David Mabuza delivered the keynote address at the official 2018 World Aids Day commemorations at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto.

"To raise awareness of AIDS and show support for people living with HIV/AIDS, the Bedford town bridge will be illuminated red on the 1st December".

He added that the day was also set aside to enable everyone to know there status and to fight against stigmatization and discrimination.

Senior medical consultant, CIHSR, Dimapur, Dr. Tokugha Yepthomi speaking at the World AIDS Day programme held at District Hospital Dimapur, Saturday.

He said 95 percent of the number are now on treatment through donor agencies and the U.S. government; adding that the Nigerian government was treating additional 60,000 people in Abia and Taraba states.

Dr Aliyu Sani, Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), said that result from the National AIDS survey would ensure proper understanding on the prevalence of the epidemic in the country.


Okoro recalled that in 2016, no fewer than 1.4 million people were tested and became aware of their HIV status.

Pence said Trump believes that the reauthorisation was "a critical component" of the administration's commitment to combat AIDS. This tells us that scaling up treatment will not be enough to end AIDS as an epidemic by 2030.

Throughout the week we have been provided an opportunity to realise that HIV can be prevented and HIV can be treated so let's all take that first step towards making Pakistan HIV free as responsible citizens of this great country, he said. And despite progress against homophobia, 38% of participants said they would behave negatively toward someone based on sexual orientation. He also said HIV testing is essential for expanding treatment and achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, that is 90 percent of all people living with HIV would know their status, 90 percent diagnosed with HIV would receive/sustain their ART, and 90 percent of people receiving ART would have "viral repression".

"[I hope] that my story might encourage others to get tested and ultimately begin their treatment earlier on".

Telling MPs the United Kingdom is "at a juncture in the fight against HIV and AIDS", he attacked the government's "reluctance" to make HIV prevention drug PrEP available on the NHS as "disgraceful".

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