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Russian HIV Patients Deal With Persistent Stigma As Incidence Rises

06 December 2018

Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education measures on AIDS prevention and control. Designated on 1 December every year since 1988, it is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. "Tests are free and confidential so I urge all Bedford Borough residents to know your HIV status".

She said through the generosity of the American people, PEPFAR would focus more on the future with more interventions to be made in making what seems impossible possible for the common good of all.The anniversary celebration was held under the theme: "Saving lives through American Generosity and Partnership".

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Dr Uche Okoro, Project Manager, Agency for the Control of AIDS in the Federal Capital Territory, said that the Day was set aside to create awareness on HIV and AIDS. The report also calls for increased efforts needed to reach the 9.4 million people living with HIV who are not aware they have the virus and the estimated 19.4 million people who do not have suppressed viral loads.

He further stressed on the need for government commitment at the highest level to combat HIV and for leaders, NGOs and other stakeholders to provide necessary resources and to continue their sustained efforts to reduce stigma against those infected and affected. "This we hope to achieve by rewarding innovative and creative ideas that encourage self-testing amongst Nigerian Youth, which will ultimately go a long way in helping to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat".

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Around 150,000 people in the country are infected with HIV while out of the infected number only 25,000 are registered with the treatment centres, minister for health said on Thursday. Together, we can tackle the stigma surrounding HIV and give the young people carrying it the childhood they deserve. And despite progress against homophobia, 38% of participants said they would behave negatively toward someone based on sexual orientation.

"At AHF, we conducting HIV screening for about 50,000 Nigerians and distributing about 300,000 condoms across the six states where we operate in commemoration of the day, " he said.

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He continued: "I am leading this debate today because we are in many ways at a juncture in the fight against HIV and Aids".

Russian HIV Patients Deal With Persistent Stigma As Incidence Rises