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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...
Employers must create HIV/TB policies for the workplace – Ayisi Addo

Employers must create HIV/TB policies for the workplace – Ayisi Addo

Ghana News, Health & Wellbeing, Lifestyle & Social
The National AIDS/STI Control Programme’s (NACP) Programme Manager, Dr Stephen Ayisi Addo, has urged employers to create a workplace HIV/TB policy to help manage and treat employees who have the disease.  A workplace policy is crucial, according to Dr Ayisi Addo, because HIV was a problem that affected people who came to work and could potentially be contracted at the workplace.  “The workplace is a setting for social interaction and physical contact, which makes it possible for infectious diseases like COVID-19 and HIV to spread. Since HIV can be spread through the workplace, it must also be controlled there,” he emphasized.  Dr Ayisi Addo said this at the weekly, “Your Health! Our Collective Responsibility! A Ghana News Agency Tema Regional Office initiative aime...
Ghanaian chemist makes headway in HIV cure

Ghanaian chemist makes headway in HIV cure

Africa News, Ghana News
A breakthrough research in drug composition for a more effective treatment of HIV has been made. The research which was done within six years found new targets in the HIV virus that drugs can be developed in the treatment of the disease. The research was undertaken by a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Ghana (UG), Legon, Dr Jerry Joe Harrison.According to him, drugs targets specific proteins in the virus “and this is one that we never knew, and now that we know we can use it to develop more effective drugs against HIV”. Interview In an interview with the Daily Graphic after a public engagement on the topic “Chasing an enigma: Unmasking the mystery on HIV polyproteins for potential drug development” organised by the School of Physical and Math...

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