Half of HIV positive people face discrimination

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"That is why World Health Organization, partners and Member States in the sub-region are working together to accelerate the expansion of HIV testing programmes in order to reach people living with HIV who do not know their status and ensure that they are linked to quality and prevention services".

A joint message from Anglican leaders has stressed how they are joining with Christians from other Churches to promote HIV testing.

The initiative to free screening centres will also be tested in the southern city of Nice in 2019.

The prevention-focused conference featured a panel of local infectious disease experts who educated the students about how to be proactive when it comes to HIV/AIDS prevention.

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- In sub-Saharan Africa young women are twice as likely to be living with HIV than men.

Almost a million people still die every year from AIDS. This will empower people to make choices about HIV prevention so they can protect themselves and their loved ones.

"As part of the Government Sexual Health Strategy, we are going to be expanding testing, making it more available around the country, stepping up education and awareness, trying to reduce the stigma around HIV, particularly around getting a test", he said.

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. As more New Yorkers with HIV grow older, having increased access to care will help them better manage their condition and maintain their health as they age".

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

Targeting the people most susceptible to HIV risk means taking responsive actions to make it easy for the ones, who are infected but unaware of it, to get to know their status and access treatment, thus starting to work towards suppressing their viral load. This milestone was achieved in an HIV testing campaign being done by ADPP Mozambique through HOPE Maputo project. Several people also voluntarily underwent HIV test at the ICTC stall and blood test to determine their blood group at the blood bank centre.

While HIV infection among commercial sex workers, MSM and drug users have shown a steady decline due to active targeted intervention programmes of the government, NGOs and other stakeholders, the 2017 statistics has thrown up another area of concern.

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