Sierra Leone's President Bio hails people living with HIV as courageous

Tuesday, 03 Dec, 2019

Myint Htwe, union minister of health and sports, said that the HIV infection rate to pregnant women declined from 0.84 percent in 2011 to 0.57 percent in 2018, at the celebration of the World AIDS Day 2019 held on Sunday.

Significant advances in treatment and medication are allowing many people with HIV/AIDS to live longer lives, but scientists have yet to find a complete cure.

Also 2725 people living with HIV are now alive till October 2019.

Chapman said the easiest thing people can do to help stop the spread of the disease is to get tested for HIV and know their status.

This was stated by him at a seminar organised by Bridge Consultants Foundation on the World AIDS Day.

Zafar Mirza emphasized the need for creating awareness among the people and removing the stigma surrounding the HIV/AIDS. "With the communities at the forefront and the governments keeping their promises, we will be able to end AIDS", said Byanyima. Therapeutic HIV vaccines are given to people who already have HIV to strengthen their immune systems' response to the infection already in the person's body, according to the National Institutes of Health.

This means that the level of HIV in a person's blood is very low, and according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "People with HIV who maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to their HIV-negative partner through sex".

"We must unite and use our voices, to join together and discuss the issues around the ongoing battle to eradicate HIV and AIDS. x VB".

"If there are people out there that are living with HIV, they're not alone", Chapman said.

In tandem with worldwide awareness campaigns, Egypt celebrates Worlds AIDS Day on December 1st, highlighting the reality and living conditions of HIV and AIDS patients in the country.

In addition to providing information, it is meant to sensitize health personnel so that more and more young gay men, men who have sex with other men (MSM), who are more disproportionately affected by HIV, seek and obtain the necessary information and support for a healthy sexual life.

The cumulative number of people living with HIV who have failed to follow up is 989 - with 369 in pre-ART (Anti Retroviral Therapy) and 620 on post ART.

The event which was attended by thousands of members of the surrounding communities, also presented a platform to evaluate progress achieved and take stock more work that is required in line with the vision of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.