Know your HIV status, Agency urges Nigerians

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle tells House of Commons he is HIV positive

British politician reveals he has been HIV positive for 10 years in emotional statement to parliament

HIV testing is essential for expanding treatment and ensuring that all people living with HIV can lead healthy and productive lives.

She said: "The most important thing in Nigeria's HIV response agenda is for all citizens to know their status".

"If people don't know their HIV status, people who are living with HIV can't start treatment, and people who are HIV-negative can't get the knowledge and skills they need to keep that way".

She advised Lagosians and Nigerians to periodically check their status and stop discriminating HIV positive persons.

"World AIDS Day is observed on Dec.1 globally". If people don't know their HIV statuses, we're in the dark.

He said that the Day, which was commemorated annually on December 1, gave opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and to show support for people living with the virus.

PAHO says the majority of new infections in the Region occur in gay men and other men who have sex with men, which represent 41 percent of new cases in Latin America and 23 percent in the Caribbean.

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle tells House of Commons he is HIV positive

World AIDS Day is a day to remember the millions of people who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses, many of whom died because they couldn't access HIV services, because of stigma, because of discrimination and because of criminalization of key populations.

"I call on countries to use the new HIV testing strategies and to choose a strategic mix of service delivery models to achieve universal and equitable access to HIV testing and counselling".

"Many of those who are being left behind are those who are more affected by HIV including people who use drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men and prisoners".

"In FCT, we have over 360 sites where residents can get tested across the area councils, 160 sites providing drugs and 350 sites for pregnant women for prevention of mother to child transmission all free of charge, " he said.

- In sub-Saharan Africa young women are twice as likely to be living with HIV than men.

On its 30th anniversary, the World AIDS Day campaign reminds us that we should not become complacent in our response to HIV.

However, it is also an important reminder that despite progress made, the world can not become complacent in its response to HIV.

Altre Notizie