HAA urges all to get tested for HIV

By
Albert Futukpor, GNA

Tamale, Dec 02, GNA
– Health AID Africa (HAA), a non-governmental organisation, has called on
individuals, groups and communities to encourage their members to get tested to
know their HIV status.

This was in a
statement issued by HAA to mark this year’s World AIDS Day celebration, and was
signed by Mrs Georgina Akua Padi, its Executive Director, and copied to the
Ghana News Agency in Tamale.

World AIDS Day
celebration is marked on December 01, every year, and this year’s celebration
is on the theme: “Ending the HIV and AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community”.

The statement said
people, who would test positive, should remain on treatment to suppress the
virus.

It said “Prospective
mothers should know their status and stay positive to prevent Mother to Child
Transmission of HIV. This way we will eventually realise an HIV free nation and
Africa”.

Ghana, like most
African countries has adopted the United Nations AIDS Fast Track Targets, which
states that by 2020, 90 per cent of all persons living with HIV should know
their status. Also, 90 per cent of all persons, who know their status, should
be on treatment; and 90 per cent of persons on HIV treatment should have viral
suppression.

The statement said
“If all these are achieved by 2020, Ghana, and for that matter Africa is on its
way to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030”.

It congratulated all
stakeholders for the immense support to help realise an HIV free generation in
the coming years saying HAA’s vision was to have a society, where everybody had
access to universal quality health care delivery.

It called on members
of the public to continue to keep the agenda to respond to realise an HIV free
generation by 2030.

GNA

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