Statement from HHS Secretary Alex Azar ahead of World AIDS Day

Modesto Morganelli
Dicembre 6, 2018

Commenting on the announcement, Deborah Gold, chief executive of National Aids Trust, said: "Although no one is obliged to be open about their status, and it isn't always an easy decision, the same stigma that makes it hard to say you have HIV is a stigma that is gradually eroded by people being open and proud".

People Living with HIV, by the UNSW Sydney Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH), is jointly released today with The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisation (AFAO). Despite an increase in knowledge and education about HIV/AIDS, research found many people living with HIV/AIDS still faced stigma in their day-to-day lives.

According to her, 70 million people had been infected of HIV, and 35 million have died of the infection since discovery in 1983.

Throughout the week we have been provided an opportunity to realise that HIV can be prevented and HIV can be treated so let's all take that first step towards making Pakistan HIV free as responsible citizens of this great country, he said. Etched into much of the public's memory as a death sentence, HIV conjures images of gravestones and a life marked by tragedy.

It said that other high risk groups / communities such as men who have sex with (MSM), Female Sex Workers and Hijra Sex Workers (HSWs) appear to have reached the threshold level.

Guterres said yet the pace of progress is not matching global ambition.

Osinbajo, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, promised that more funds would be committed to the treatment of HIV and AIDS.

By 2020, it is hoped that 90 percent of persons will know their HIV status, 90 percent on antiretroviral drugs and 90 percent of people living with the condition would have viral suppression in subjecting the HIV and AIDS disease under control and avoid spread. "It's time to treat HIV as a disease like any other and dispense with judgemental tropes".

Rwanda has launched a six-month awareness and prevention campaign aimed at stemming new HIV infections in the country at a ceremony to mark the World AIDS Day.

"These reflect, HIV is rapidly increasing among the general population, the so-called safe population, which is a big threat to our generation", said Dr. Tokugha Yepthomi, senior medical consultant, Christian Institute of Health Sciences & Research (CIHSR), Dimapur.

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