It is critical to get tested and know your status because that allows you to get treated and it also is a huge step in the global goal to eradicate HIV/ AIDS by 2030. These were the words echoed by the Director of the National AIDS Coordinator, Gardenia Destang-Richardson.
She made the remark while encouraging residents to capitalize on the free HIV/AIDS testing being offered today (December 6), at the Secretariat’s office in Blayden’s and tomorrow (December 7) at the Independence Square. The free testing is in line with activities to mark World Aids Day, which was celebrated on December 1.
HIV/AIDS remains one of the world’s most significant public health challenges, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
As a result of recent advances in access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), HIV-positive people now live longer and healthier lives. In addition, it has been confirmed that ART prevents onward transmission of HIV.
An estimated 21.7 million people were receiving HIV treatment in 2017. However, globally, only 59% of the 36.9 million people living with HIV in 2017 were receiving ART.