World AIDS Day to be marked with vigils and rallies

A student signs a banner at an on-campus AIDS awareness event

A student signs a banner at an on-campus AIDS awareness event

"To raise awareness of AIDS and show support for people living with HIV/AIDS, the Bedford town bridge will be illuminated red on the 1st December".

This years theme is Live Life Positively: Know your HIV status. CTV spoke with Dr. Johnmark Opondo, medical health officer for the Saskatchewan Health Authority, about the importance of knowing your status and getting tested. In his message marking the 30th anniversary of World Aids Day on Saturday, Health Minister Dwayne Seymour reminded the public that early detection and proper treatment can ensure that people with HIV can still live long and healthy lives.

"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".

Humana People to People has built strong relationships with national government health departments and worldwide health organizations. According to UNAIDS data released in 2018, South Africa had made vast progress in getting people to test for HIV in recent years and was now nearly meeting the first of the 90-90-90 targets, with 86 percent of people aware of their status.

According to the 2018 Kenya Aids Response Progress Report, 23,903 people died of HIV-related illnesses past year.

According to aids.ua, in 2019, more than one million rapid HIV tests will be delivered to Ukraine. The report also calls for increased efforts needed to reach the 9.4 million people living with HIV who are not aware they have the virus and the estimated 19.4 million people who do not have suppressed viral loads.

Subsidized HIV testing kits available in campus vending machines cost less than five dollars
Subsidized HIV testing kits available in campus vending machines cost less than five dollars

If people don't know their HIV status, they can't protect themselves, their families, their partners.

Subsidized HIV testing kits available in campus vending machines cost less than five dollars.

In its vision to promote "Quality sexual health services for a healthier nation" the National STD/AIDS Control Program, at No.29, De Saram Place, Colombo 10, is coordinating, planning and implementing the HIV National Strategic Plan and AIDS Policy in Sri Lanka. They were seeing people die.

- In sub-Saharan Africa young women are twice as likely to be living with HIV than men. The future success of the HIV response requires us to look beyond HIV care and empower better linkages with broader health care.

"This year, six cases of AIDS have been registered in the Kurdistan Region, and 23 foreigners were deported to their countries for having AIDS following their blood tests", he added. This milestone was achieved in an HIV testing campaign being done by ADPP Mozambique through HOPE Maputo project.

Despite enormous progress over the past 30 years, there are still large obstacles to eliminating AIDS.

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