World AIDS Day 2018, "Know your status", celebrates 30th anniversary

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Since 2005 we have almost cut in half the number of people dying because of AIDS, and we have dramatically increased the number of people living with HIV on treatment.

- South Africa has the world's highest HIV prevalence, with nearly one in five people infected.

"So, with a loud voice, we're calling on every Nigerian to submit himself or herself to get tested for HIV so as to know whether they are positive or negative to the virus".

Adebayo while lamenting low rate of HIV testing, disclosed that only 22 million out of over 37 million people now affected are undergoing treatment.

As part of the World Aids Day celebration themed "Know your HIV status" the UN AIDS research conducted reports nine million people worldwide do not know their status. This tells us that scaling up treatment will not be enough to end AIDS as an epidemic by 2030. And around 5 million people are living with both HIV and viral hepatitis, with most of these people unaware. "Many people still only get tested after becoming ill and symptomatic". "However the rate of new infections among young people remains alarmingly high", she said. The agency's also reminding people ME that HIV care and prevention have dramatically changed since the discovery of the virus in 1984, and many patients are able to live long lives.

She stated that one out of four persons infected with HIV might not know for about two - four years.

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PAHO/WHO also recommends that the age at which young people can take an HIV test without the consent of a parent or guardian be reduced in line with the recommendations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

"As far as government is concerned, we look after everybody who has tested positive for HIV irrespective of whether you reside in the rural or urban area".

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has become the country's first PM to publicly take a HIV test after he released a video clip on his twitter account on Saturday, showing him receiving a Rapid HIV Test in a local clinic, reported local media.

- UNAIDS wants nine in 10 people to know their status by 2020.

"We have made tremendous progress in the global fight against HIV/AIDS".

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