"The management of HIV/AIDS is a priority public health issue for CARPHA and the Agency contributes to the development of the third (2014-2018) iteration of the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework (CRSF) for HIV and AIDS".
Today, 40 per cent of all people with HIV (over 14 million) remain unaware of their status. And people living with HIV are living longer lives. It is most commonly caught by having sex without a condom.
Significantly, as per the global experts, the new guidelines are likely to help countries scale up implementation of HIV self-testing and assisted HIV partner notification services.
UNAIDS executive director, Michel Sibide said 18.2 million people are on antiretroviral treatment but warns that the ages between 15-24 years are a highly unsafe time for young women. However, given the recent increase in other sexually transmitted disease (STD), officials are concerned that they could see additional HIV infections in the next few years.
Kenyans who are HIV-positive are likely to experience discrimination at their workplace due to their status, a tribunal has said.
"We have now got 92 per cent of people with diagnosed HIV attending sexual health services on treatment and once you're on treatment, that's when you're becoming less infectious so that is effectively how you end the transmission", she said.
According to the report, in 2015, a record number of people had access to antiretroviral therapy and the numbers of people newly infected and dying of AIDS-related illnesses have reduced since the peak of the epidemic.
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Umoh said within one year period through PATA peer mentorship initiative, a total of 725 adolescents in three treatment sites in Lagos State have received peer treatment adherence counseling and support services which has contributed to reduction in loss to follow up and more adolescents adhering to their treatment.
"On World AIDS Day, ISDH will be side by side with our many external partners as we continue to shine the spotlight on this disease that continues to affect the lives of so many", said Dennis Stover, director of ISDH's HIV/STD division.
Up to 70 % of partners of people with HIV are also HIV positive.
Professor Linda-Gail Bekker of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre said even a moderately effective vaccine would significantly decrease the burden of HIV.
The risk of HIV transmission from performing oral sex is low but it can still happen. He also focused on the need to scale up community-based HIV testing to bridge the gap between registered and estimated HIV cases.
THIRTY-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the worldwide community can look back with some pride but we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.