The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should be ashamed of itself for failing to take the opportunity to promote safer sex and condom use on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the first World AIDS Day, said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
On Friday, November 30th, AtlantiCare officials held their annual World AIDS Day ceremony to honor individuals who have lost their lives to HIV and AIDS, and those living with the disease.
In 2017, three quarters of people living with HIV (75%) knew their HIV status, compared to just two thirds (67%) in 2015.
He told the Press Association: "A few months ago I was giving out awards, congratulating people who have spoken out about their HIV status, saying how fearless they were, and there was a feeling in the back of my mind saying, "Well, if I'm congratulating people, I also need to be so courageous to do that". 75% of all people living with HIV knew their HIV status in 2017.
The rapid scale-up of services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in 2010 reduced the annual number of new infections among children by 50% worldwide. "That's why we are reducing the number of new infections but HIV-related deaths continue to grow", Dr Oketch said.
More than half of respondents living with HIV reported negative or different treatment by health workers (52%).
TCE Field Officers and volunteers build relationships with communities to provide access to HIV testing in hard-to-reach areas and among the at-risk populations.
"Although we do care for clients with HIV that have been referred from elsewhere, we haven't had a local positive test result since 2016".
From the first recognized cases so many years ago, we could scarcely see the precipice we were standing on.
Dr Patrick Oyaro, a researcher at RCTP-Faces, an NGO that supports HIV research in western Kenya and Nyanza, said if one has HIV and stops taking treatment, the virus becomes resistant to the ARVs. In Namibia, the country has achieved success in fighting HIV and AIDS and attaining the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets. "As the Bullet, Bible, and Beef Caucuses* gain space in Congress-turning the parliament into the most conservative of democratic times-a regressive agenda of sexuality and gender has been put forward, leading to the reduction of programs focused on men who have sex with other men".
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