Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
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170000 adults with HIV are not on treatment - Ghana Aids Commission

170000 adults with HIV are not on treatment - Ghana Aids Commission

Organizers said this event is not only to honor those who lost their battle with this disease but also to celebrate people who are living with HIV and AIDS.

The first HIV infection case was reported in Myanmar in 1988 and the first AIDS case was identified in 1990.

The government has said it has been relentless in its mission to turn the HIV, Aids and TB epidemics around, and that there were notable achievements to celebrate.

In western and central Europe and North America, however, almost 80% of people with HIV have access to ART, resulting in extremely low AIDS-related death rates compared to other world regions.

The annual ceremony is hosted by the Shelby County Health Department's (SCHD) Ryan White Program, a federal program that establishes a comprehensive system of HIV/AIDS support services around the country.

This number accounts for more than 50% of the number of people living with HIV in the country, according to the Acting Director-General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, Kyeremeh Atuahene.

Speaking at the launch of next year's Airtel Masaza Cup at Mengo on Tuesday, Mr Charles Peter Mayiga said men usually resist using condoms, taking drugs, and adhering to HIV/Aids treatment.

"The good news is people are living and thriving with HIV and living long and healthy lives", Chapman said.

The implementation of the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Programme had seen transmission of HIV reduced to 0.2%.

The ministry said that the number of patients treated with lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) has doubled to over 175,000 patients in September 2019 from over 85,000 in 2015. Altogether, there were 102 new HIV cases diagnosed, a significant portion of which were represented by foreigners.

The SCHD advises that members of the public get tested and know their HIV status.

For the third year, they celebrated with singers, dancers, and testimonies from people who have been affected by the disease but not beaten by it.

"Apart from the World Aids Day why not also look into free transport, nutritional and educational support for kids".

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