SUMMARY OF THE 2017 HIV SENTINEL SURVEY REPORT
Below is a comparative table of the sentinel survey of 2016 and 2017
As can be seen below, Greater Accra and Ashanti lead in the 2017 HIV SENTINEL SURVEY
Northern Region remains the region with the least prevalence in the 2017 HIV SENTINEL SURVEY
Eastern to have moved from being the Region with the third worse prevalence to the fifth worse Region in the 2017 HIV SENTINEL SURVEY
Volta Region which used to lead, has moved to forth position.
Seven Regions have their prevalence above the Current National Prevalence of 1.67%
TABLE OF 2017 SURVEY
|Volta Region||2.7%||2.3% (Down)|
|Brong Ahafo Region||2.7%||2.0% (Down)|
|Eastern Region||2.6%||2.1% (Down)|
|Ashanti Region||2.6 %||3.2% (Up)|
|Western Region||2.5%||2.4 (Down)|
|Upper West Region||2.5%||1.3% (Down)|
|Greater Accra Region||2.4%||3.2% (Up)|
|Central Region||1.8%||1.8% (Unchanged)|
|Upper East Region||1.7%||1.3% (Down)|
|Northern Region||0.7%||0.6% (Down)|
With all this, the most important lesson from the 2017 HIV SENTINEL SURVEY is that nationally, not much has changed in terms of figures even though there is shift in the position of the Regions.
Counting down to the goal of 90-90-90 which will be up in the next two years, some professionals are sure Ghana can meet the target.
Speaking to healthylifegh after the National HIV and AIDS Research Conference (NHARCON 2018) Health experts who have been working tirelessly in providing a positive response to the spread of HIV in Ghana shared their optimism of achieving the goal.
The Agenda 90-90-90
The goal is a UNAIDS one, adopted by the Ghana AIDS Commission.
By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.
By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.
By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.
By this, Ghana hopes to eradicate AIDS by 2030, this will mean people will still be living with HIV but would not advance to the AIDS stage.