World AIDS day observed on December 1

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The first "90" indicates that at least 90% of the HIV positive population should know their status so that they take treatment and ensure a long, healthy life and stop HIV transmission. To make matters worse, estimates indicate that only 75% of people with HIV 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".

Speaking also, the Director-General of the Agency, Dr. Sani Aliyu, noted that over 1,600 HIV treatment centres have been established across to country to support and cater to the treatment needs of about 1.1m Nigerians who are positive to the virus.

Dr. Christoph Hamelmann, the WHO Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, during a surprise visit to a Drop-in Center in Kerman on November 28 took a HIV test to highlight this year's theme of World AIDS Day 2018 as "Know Your Status".

"This is a particular challenge for young people, with an estimated 700 adolescents being newly infected with HIV every day".

She said that it was also crucial to ensure that 90 per cent of people living with HIV know their status; 90 per cent of people diagnosed with HIV receive antiretroviral therapy; and 90 per cent of people living with HIV, and who are on treatment, achieve viral load suppression.

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While noting that since 1986, when the first AIDS case was reported in India, the report says the national response to the disease resulted in a significant achievement of 66% reduction in new infections between 2000-2015 and 54% reduction in AIDS-related deaths since 2007.

Awareness talks were given to the visitors going round the stalls on the importance of using condoms without fail for prevention of HIV and STI and RTI diseases.

She listed stigma and discrimination as factors still deterring people from taking an HIV test adding that access to confidential HIV testing was aslo an issue of concern.

- 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. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education measures on AIDS prevention and control.

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

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