The 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day event held in Calgary on Friday featured performances from the Broadway musical Rent by Front Row Centre and choral performances by Calgary Men's Chorus.
This years theme is Live Life Positively: Know your HIV status.
It is against this background that the Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), is calling on stakeholders in Ghana to intensify their efforts in encouraging the youth to accept voluntary counseling and testing of their status. In 2017, 1.8 million people were newly infected and more than 40% of those affected still do not have access to treatment.
"If you don't have the top-of-the line healthcare plan it can really get expensive for you ..."
Humana People to People has built strong relationships with national government health departments and worldwide health organizations. Since 1996, the country's public healthcare system has offered free treatment to all HIV-positive patients, which has helped dramatically reduce the mortality rates among people infected.
- About 35 million people have died from AIDS- or HIV-related illnesses since 1981, including 940,000 in 2017.
He added: "I wanted to be able to stand here in this place and say to those who are living with HIV that their status does not define them". It is the essential entry point to HIV treatment, prevention, care and support services.
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. Now his viral load is undetectable.
He advises that along with medication, one needs to adopt good lifestyle habits such as eating well, avoiding alcohol, engaging in safe sex, sleeping well and exercising.
HIV testing is essential for expanding treatment and ensuring that all people living with HIV can lead healthy and productive lives. Professor Strathdee says people who are hungry or need shelter are more concerned about their immediate needs than they are about HIV.
While HIV testing is available, key populations and other vulnerable groups such as adolescents, young people and migrants do not come forward to get tested because of stigma and discrimination, lack of confidentiality, and fear of violence and repercussion due to discriminatory laws, policies and practices.
TCE Field Officers and volunteers build relationships with communities to provide access to HIV testing in hard-to-reach areas and among the at-risk populations.