World AIDS Day 2018, "Know your status", celebrates 30th anniversary

World AIDS Day 2018,

About 21 lakh people across India were HIV positive and information related to 164 Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres, 22 Anti Retroviral Treatment centres, 142 blood banks across the State were provided in the stalls. To make matters worse, estimates indicate that only 75% of people with HIV know their status. It has also pledged to enable 90% of HIV positive people in the country know their status on treatment and provide 90% of those on treatment experience with effective viral load suppression.

To mark World AIDS Day, the State AIDS Control Society (SACS), Chandigarh, organized an awareness programme at Elante Mall on Saturday.

"In the hardest-hit countries, girls account for more than 80% of all new HIV infections among adolescents".

Chairman, Governing Board of National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Mrs Pauline Tallen, gave the assurance at the flag-off of a medical outreach to IDPs in Kuchingoro camp Abuja in commemoration of this year's World AIDS Day with the theme; "Know Your Status".

Currently, there are almost 37 million people around the world living with HIV - approximately 1.1 million in the United States alone.

Many people when asked about if they use protection told Joy News' Joseph Ackah Blay that stopping to put on either ruin the moment or makes sex less enjoyable.

"In FCT, we have over 360 sites where residents can get tested across the area councils, 160 sites providing drugs and 350 sites for pregnant women for prevention of mother to child transmission all free of charge, " he said. "In order to achieve this, we must address the barriers, such as stigma and discrimination, that prevent key populations from accessing testing and treatment services and fully exercising their right to health". Globally, 15- to 24-year-old women are twice as likely as young men to be infected. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. World Aids Day is an opportunity to celebrate the success of this pioneering global health campaign, and initiatives in place all over the world to tackle the AIDS epidemic.

Lagos State commissioner for youth and social development, Agboola Dabiri, made the appeal during HIV/AIDS awareness talk in Agege, Lagos.