World AIDS day observed on December 1

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This year, UNAIDS Executive Director who is in South Africa for the event stressed the need for people to know their statuses in his message. This strategy can help the world get on track to not only end HIV, but also achieve "health for all" by 2030.

Health authorities in ME are encouraging people to use World AIDS Day to learn their status about the disease. "This day provides an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the cause of HIV prevention and treatment, draw attention on the global HIV epidemic, to raise awareness and remember those who have died, to show solidarity with the people living with it, and to celebrate survival and health", said an organiser.

- One in four people, about 9 million, are unaware that they are HIV-positive.

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On December 1, the worldwide society observes the World AIDS day.

With an HIV prevalence of 0.26 % in its adult population, India has an estimated 2.1 million people living with HIV, according to a 2017 government report.

"In FCT, we have over 360 sites where residents can get tested across the area councils, 160 sites providing drugs and 350 sites for pregnant women for prevention of mother to child transmission all free of charge, " he said.

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"Reducing new HIV infections is key to accelerating the response to HIV/AIDS in the Americas", said Dr. Espinal. 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. PAHO/WHO recommends that health systems expand options for HIV testing to include HIV self-tests and lay provider tests, which can be done at home, as well as in places other than health centres, with flexible hours and same-day results. During the intervening decades, HIV testing services became widely available - routinely through clinical settings and to higher-risk populations through community-based approaches. This is particularly important given that approximately one third of new HIV infections occur among young people aged 15 to 24 years old.

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

Some 21.7 million people were accessing antiretroviral therapy in 2017.

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