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Over 70k people in Ashanti Region estimated to be living with HIV

Over 70k people in Ashanti Region estimated to be living with HIV

Ghana News, Health & Wellbeing
A total of 72,429 people in the Ashanti Region are estimated to be living with HIV, according to the Ghana Aids Commission 2022 report. Out of this number, only 26,006 are currently on Anti-Retroviral (ARV) medication at health facilities, leaving a gap of 46,421 who cannot be accounted for in terms of antiretroviral uptake. These individuals are either unaware of their status or have defaulted on ARV treatment. Mr. Dennis Bandoh, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Focal Person for HIV/AIDS, disclosed to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the region also recorded 4,618 new cases at the end of the third quarter of 2023, representing a 2.1 percent increase over last year. HIV testing is conducted in two categories – Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), mainly for pregnant wom...
Over 23,000 people test positive for HIV in six months

Over 23,000 people test positive for HIV in six months

Africa News, Ghana News
A total of 23,495 people in Ghana tested positive for HIV in the first half of this year (January to June). The figure is two percent of the 948,094 people who undertook HIV testing from January to June 2022, the Programme Manager of the National STIs and HIV/AIDS Control Programme, Dr. Stephen Ayisi Addo said in a report filed by state newspaper, graphic online. “The figure for this new infection is too high, so we need to intensify education to let people know that HIV is still real; …We have to let people know that they need to stick to the prevention strategies…,” he said. Dr. Ayisi Addo said most of the 23,495 people who tested positive had since been put on HIV treatment. He attributed the figures to complacency and ignorance explaining that awareness creation on the par...
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