France rolls out new initiatives to mark World Aids Day

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Commenting on the announcement, Deborah Gold, chief executive of National Aids Trust, said: "Although no one is obliged to be open about their status, and it isn't always an easy decision, the same stigma that makes it hard to say you have HIV is a stigma that is gradually eroded by people being open and proud". HIV testing is on the spotlight as the call for knowing ones HIV status, to take an informed stand, is becoming increasingly necessary to save lives. Advances in HIV prevention, treatment, and care services have enabled us to significantly reduce the rate of HIV infections and improve the health of those living with HIV. During the intervening decades, HIV testing services became widely available - routinely through clinical settings and to higher-risk populations through community-based approaches.

Earlier, DPO, DAPCU, Mecievinuo delivered welcome address, PO, NETSU, Anna Hairang dwelled on the theme "Know your status" and a member of PLHIV also shared her concern of PLHIVs.

Throughout the week we have been provided an opportunity to realise that HIV can be prevented and HIV can be treated so let's all take that first step towards making Pakistan HIV free as responsible citizens of this great country, he said.

According to her, 70 million people had been infected of HIV, and 35 million have died of the infection since discovery in 1983. World Health Organization first recommended HIV self-testing in December 2016. I hope that more people will understand that effective treatment keeps people who are HIV positive healthy, and it protects their partners. The good news is that there are many new ways of expanding access to HIV testing.

Since its inception 20 years ago, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation has pioneered a youth movement in the relentless fight against HIV, proudly supporting youth-led initiatives and empowering change-makers across the globe, said Georgia Arnold, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation. And to effectively monitor viral load, people living with HIV need access to viral load testing every 12 months.

US urged to send Ebola experts in as Congo outbreak worsens
DRC's health ministry said the number of confirmed and probable cases has reached 426, edging past the Uganda outbreak in 2000. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, said in a November 9 statement. "Is there potential for requiring worldwide response?"

In Mozambique, Index Case Tracking has seen 38,612 sexual partners tested for HIV of whom 13,154 tested HIV positive in the year 2017.

Approximately 1 in 3 deaths among people with HIV is caused by TB. "Treatment is only possible after a diagnosis, so I encourage everyone to get tested and know their status".

Addressing the 30th anniversary observation of World AIDS Day at District Hospital Dimapur (DHD) as guest speaker, Dr. Yepthomi also disclosed that 91 percent of HIV transmission in Nagaland is routed through unsafe sex.

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