MP reveals he is HIV positive in attempt to tackle stigma

MP reveals he is HIV positive in attempt to tackle stigma

Health authorities in ME are encouraging people to use World AIDS Day to learn their status about the disease.

"These reflect, HIV is rapidly increasing among the general population, the so-called safe population, which is a big threat to our generation", said Dr. Tokugha Yepthomi, senior medical consultant, Christian Institute of Health Sciences & Research (CIHSR), Dimapur.

The WHO Regional Office for Africa is marking the anniversary milestone with stories of people who have been living with HIV for a very long time.

But we still have miles to go, as the organisation's report shows, and that includes reaching people living with HIV who do not know their status and ensuring that they are linked to quality care and prevention services.

"The sad truth is that many people do not get tested for HIV because of the stigma that surrounds it". I hope that more people will understand that effective treatment keeps people who are HIV positive healthy, and it protects their partners. The agency's also reminding people ME that HIV care and prevention have dramatically changed since the discovery of the virus in 1984, and many patients are able to live long lives.

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.

He said he felt "relieved" to announce that he is living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which damages the cells in the immune system and weakens a person's ability to fight infections and disease.

- South Africa has the world's highest HIV prevalence, with nearly one in five people infected. In 2017, 1.8 million people were newly infected and more than 40% of those affected still do not have access to treatment.

Awareness talks were given to the visitors going round the stalls on the importance of using condoms without fail for prevention of HIV and STI and RTI diseases. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $6 million in grants and directly educated more than 3.8 million young people across 70 countries about HIV. And to effectively monitor viral load, people living with HIV need access to viral load testing every 12 months.

4YBY identified the adoption of HIV self-testing as an additional way to create demand for HIV testing, thereby increasing knowledge of HIV status and reducing the accelerated spread of HIV/AIDS nationwide among young people in Nigeria.

"We call upon all Rwandans who have not had a HIV test at least for a year to test and know their status", he urged.

He also stated that HIV testing and treatment needs to be more encouraged in society.

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