Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Medical | By Vernon Walton

Citizens urged to get tested for HIV

Citizens urged to get tested for HIV

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". They are connected with healthcare providers to improve treatment uptake, and TCE Field Officers undertake follow-up services at the peoples homes.

"Secondly, I think that we are genuinely at a real crossroads about where we can go with HIV now".

He also praised the Duke of Sussex, who has done much work with HIV and Aids charities.

"We now have the tools to end HIV transmission here in the United Kingdom - a combination of regular testing, PrEP [pre-exposure prophylaxis medication], condoms and treatment as prevention - and it's vital we continue to ensure people are aware of those tools, know how and are able to access them", said THT chief executive Ian Green.

In France alone, Agnes Buzyn, the health minister, said some 6000 new cases of HIV were diagnosed in 2016, down five percent from 2013. We saw the death rate go from 98% to about 2%.

It said that other high risk groups / communities such as men who have sex with (MSM), Female Sex Workers and Hijra Sex Workers (HSWs) appear to have reached the threshold level. These policies include streamlining HIV testing; facilitating access to syringe exchanges; enabling minors to consent for HIV prevention and care services; expanding data sharing to enhance linkage to care; linkage and retention in care initiatives; and enhanced access to PrEP in clinical settings.

NHS had earlier stated that Pakistan now faces a concentrated epidemic because of the injecting drug users with HIV prevalence of HIV/AIDS.

He called for institutional and political commitment for the creation of policies that provides life-saving medication for patients. In the outpatient setting, in no instance should treatment initiation take longer than 30 days. Moreover, studies have indicated that people with undetectable viral loads can not infect others.

"Particularly now with the opioid epidemic, we will fuel, probably, a new HIV epidemic associated with use of heroin in lieu of pills", Healton said. She added, "Access to confidential HIV testing is still an issue of concern".

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) is calling on people to get tested as an important step towards halting the spread of HIV and ending AIDS. She further regretted that the number only constitute 40 percent of those who are actually suffering the disease and the rest are still undiagnosed while they might not even know they are having the infection.

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