Citizens urged to get tested for HIV

Citizens urged to get tested for HIV

"A person who is HIV positive may look and feel perfectly well, and be unaware that they are infected", Modise said.

In its vision to promote "Quality sexual health services for a healthier nation" the National STD/AIDS Control Program, at No.29, De Saram Place, Colombo 10, is coordinating, planning and implementing the HIV National Strategic Plan and AIDS Policy in Sri Lanka.

Labour's Lloyd Russell-Moyle has revealed to fellow MPs he is HIV positive during a House of Commons debate.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown, shared that he had been HIV positive for nearly 10 years, and talked about the moment he was diagnosed, and his journey since that moment.

Health officials said that despite enormous efforts and awareness, not many people had come forward to check their HIV status.

Dr Patrick Oyaro, a researcher at RCTP-Faces, an NGO that supports HIV research in western Kenya and Nyanza, said if one has HIV and stops taking treatment, the virus becomes resistant to the ARVs. He emphasised more on HIV testing and to get tested.

Over half of people living with HIV (54%) had experienced HIV discrimination in dating and relationships. Stigma and discrimination need to be challenged from within the communities which have a potential in creating enabling environments and ensure easy access to sustained, accessible and affordable services. They are afraid of being abandoned by family members, losing their jobs and their homes.

Speaking from the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, she said: "The UK is helping millions of people access antiretroviral therapy and supporting HIV prevention in some of the world's poorest countries".

Earlier in April the chairwoman of HIV/AIDS department at the Health Ministry Parvin Afsar Kazerouni explained that some 36,571 were diagnosed with HIV virus up to late December 2017.

Jacob Castrejana talked about how he went from hiding his HIV status to sharing his story publicly. Metro Health San Antonio Director Dr. Colleen Bridger looked

"Their reluctance to make the HIV prevention drug PrEP available on the NHS is disgraceful".

"The results from our polling are extremely saddening".

World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988. However, there is no room for complacency and we need to build on progress to-date to end new transmissions for good.

Correct information is key and we know that knowledge is power and education is indeed a vaccine against HIV. "We don't have to worry about STIs", says a 34-year-old from Moneragala.

"People talk about the abolition of polio as a disease - we could do something as miraculous as that for HIV, we really could but we could only do it if we put those resources in".

He added: "Those who have HIV or who have recently been diagnosed should know that they are free to pursue every aspect of public life without hindrance".

"Those 1980s campaigns play heavy in a lot of people's minds that this is some sort of death sentence, and so immediately you are facing a wall of hatred but it's a wall of fear and worry".

"And then in that NHS room with those cream carpets and the plastic seating that we all know, they tell you".




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