PLHIV | In achieving the 90-90-90, it is imperative that the Ghana Aids Commission has encouraged massive HIV testing services.
So far this has gone on well, with people thronging to sites to know their status, and with the treat all policy boosting the target.
Reports however coming from the Northern Regional Technical Support Unit of the Ghana Aids Commission is worrying.
The Northern Regional Technical Support Unit (TSU) of the Ghana Aids Commission (GAC) has expressed worry about the failure of people living with HIV (PLHIV) to disclose their status to their partners despite persuasions by counsellors.
Mr Nuhu Musah, Technical Coordinator at the TSU – GAC, who made this known in a presentation at a forum in Tamale over the weekend, attended by PLHIV support groups, said “This was noted to be fuelling new infections across all facilities in the region.”
Mr Musah said there were increasing number of new infections, especially at the Bole Hospital and the Tamale Central Hospital, attributing the major causes of the new infections to ‘Kayayes’, ‘Galamsey operators ‘, as well as lack of disclosure and sex behaviours.
He said “Activities of prayer camps and spiritualists are still challenging treatment, in view of the recent erroneous claims of a cure for HIV by some pastors and herbalists.”
He said “Self-imposed stigma is high due to community level misconceptions about management of HIV leading to stigma at homes and at the community levels.”
Mr Musah said there was “Inadequate supply of Septrin to facilities, forcing them to request clients to buy, especially for the exposed babies.”
Chief Alhassan Issahaku Amadu, Chairman of the Northern Regional Social Accountability Monitoring Committee (SAMC), which was constituted by the GAC, expressed the need for stakeholders in the fight against HIV and AIDS to prioritize issues of alcoholism, unprotected sex work and smoking in HIV programming since it was a silent killer to PLHIV.
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.