HIV Testing Services | The Ghana Aids Commission in Koforidua tested 1,201 people at their stand at the Eastern Regional 2017, Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Regional Coordinating Council fair.
The fair with the theme “Brand Eastern For Export” Runs from the 20th of September to the 24th of September attracted exhibitors from all the 26 districts in the region.
It happened at the Jackson Park in the Regional Capital City of Koforidua.
Several private businesses and industries also came to acquire stands to exhibit their products and services.
The Ghana Aids Commission stand was present to provide HIV testing services to those who were willing.
The fair began on the September 19 and ended on September 24, 2017.
For the six days, 1,201 people accessed the HIV Testing Services offered by the Ghana Aids Commission.
These were made of 666 males and 535 females
Throughout the six days of the fair, people thronged the stand of the commission to make inquiries.
During the Testing Services, those who were reactive were referred for confirmation and treatment.
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.
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.”
Golda Asante, a Technical Coordinator at the Ghana Aids Commission and the Focal Person at the Technical Support Unit of the Regional Coordinating Council said, once a person is reactive, and confirmed (to have tested positive), they will be put on treatment in line with the Treat All Policy.
The Treat All Policy
Per the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020, pg 24, “Ghana adopted the Test and Treat Policy for all people who test positive for HIV for full implementation beginning 2017.
The “Treat all policy” is a key strategy for the 90-90-90;”
In the treat all policy, Golda Asante postulates that “In the teat all policy, we don’t care weather your CD 4 is 10,000 or the strength of your immunity is 2million.
Once you are HIV positive, we have to put you on treatment, and it is when we do that, that we can achieve viral suppression.
We don’t have to wait till you are lean or wait till you have opportunistic infection.
Before treat all, there were so many people living with HIV who were not on treatment because of CD 4 issues.”
Golda Asante, speaking to healthylifegh expressed her excitement at the way participants thronged the stand to access the services.
Male and female condoms were distributed to all those who visited the stand.