Know your HIV status, Agency urges Nigerians

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HIV testing provides people with a unique opportunity to discover their HIV status and enables those diagnosed with HIV to rapidly initiate lifesaving treatment. Though HIV testing in the United States is readily available and oftentimes free of charge, 1 in 5 people do not know their status due to a lack of access. However, about 9.4 million people did not know that they were living with HIV.

Join us this World AIDS Day in raising awareness about the importance of knowing one's status and calling for the removal of all barriers to accessing HIV testing.

Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Anupriya Patel on Saturday, said, "The HIV/AIDS Programme has focused on more than one million people from high risk group and has kept HIV infection in control through comprehensive and intense targeted interventions services".

As part of the World Aids Day celebration themed "Know your HIV status" the UN AIDS research conducted reports nine million people worldwide do not know their status.

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Currently, there are almost 37 million people around the world living with HIV - approximately 1.1 million in the United States alone. Sex workers and their clients, transgender women and people who inject themselves with drugs are also disproportionately affected by HIV.

"As far as government is concerned, we look after everybody who has tested positive for HIV irrespective of whether you reside in the rural or urban area". Since the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, an estimated 78 million people have become infected and more than 35 million have died.

In order to step up efforts towards ending AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2030, PAHO/WHO, along with UNAIDS, recommends the implementation of combination HIV prevention, which is a person-centred approach that combines biomedical and behavioural interventions with measures that foster an enabling environment to overcome access barriers to health care.

"I call on countries to use the new HIV testing strategies and to choose a strategic mix of service delivery models to achieve universal and equitable access to HIV testing and counselling". Globally, 15- to 24-year-old women are twice as likely as young men to be infected. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education measures on AIDS prevention and control.

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