Ghana HIV Prevalence | Volta, Brong Ahafo Lead

AGENDA 90-90-90

Ghana HIV Prevalence | Ghana’s overall effort to eliminate AIDS by 2030 seems to be progressing steadily.

Prevalence in the Volta and Brong Ahafo regions remain high and lead all the other regions with a rate of 2.7 percent.

The new Director-General of the Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC), Dr Mokowaa Blay Adu, yesterday revealed in Accra at the national media launch to kick start activities to mark World AIDS Day to be observed worldwide on December 1.

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According to her “The 2016 HSS report shows, two regions leading in HIV prevalence; that is the Volta and Brong Ahafo at 2.7 per cent.”

She continued, “The region with the lowest prevalence is the Northern region with 0.7 per cent,”

According to the statistics, the two regions have over taken Greater Accra, which hitherto had the highest prevalence in 2015.

Reduction in Eastern Region has been consistent in the past three years after the region became that with the highest prevalence for a number years.

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Dr Adu Gyamfi, who was speaking on the theme, “The right to health; know your HIV status; seek early treatment”, called for increased awareness and for an all hands on deck approach to effectively provide a positive response to the epidemic.

She encouraged the public to conduct checks to know their status which will inform them seek early treatment if positive or find ways to remain HIV-free if the test is negative.

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The “Treat All Policy” has received a boost from the Ghana Health Service to help achieve the 90-90-90

The 90-90-90 is a strategy to ensure that by the year 2020, 90% of people living with HIV should be aware of their HIV infection.

90% of all people living with HIV should be receiving anti-retroviral drugs.

Lastly, 90% of people on anti-retroviral drugs should receive viral suppression.

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By 2030, the commission targets ending AIDS.

In other words, people will be living with HIV but will not be graduating to AIDS status.

It is in the light of the second 90, that the treat all policy has been adopted.

In a press release, signed by the Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Director General of the Ghana Health Service, the policy receives full support.

The release says, “effective Monday 11, September 2017, HIV testing should be routinely offered to all out-patients, in-patients, emergency room patients, mothers and their infants attending CWC and at special clinics like nutritional rehabilitation.”

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