Myint Htwe, union minister of health and sports, said that the HIV infection rate to pregnant women declined from 0.84 percent in 2011 to 0.57 percent in 2018, at the celebration of the World AIDS Day 2019 held on Sunday.
Kenya, like many African countries, is battling to fight HIV/AIDS, and officials warn that although HIV/AIDS drugs are free in Kenya, the youth are not taking their medication.
The lowest number to date was 2017, when 182 people in B.C. were newly diagnosed with HIV.
In 2015, among all adults and adolescents living with HIV, 63% received some HIV medical care, 49% were retained in continuous HIV care, and 51% has achieved viral suppression (having a very low level of the virus). Started in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
Zafar Mirza emphasized the need for creating awareness among the people and removing the stigma surrounding the HIV/AIDS.
"We have to urgently redirect our focus and address the relationship between HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Gender-based violence, especially in humanitarian and conflict settings", the AU Commission Chairperson said in a statement. "I urge for stronger collaboration between community health workers and religious leaders in the fight against the spread of HIV in various parts of the country in order to achieve our national and global target for Aids-free society", she said.
Cape Town - The number of people living with HIV in the Western Cape is estimated at 8.9%, with the adoption and implementation of the UNAids 90-90-90 Strategy having strengthened the focus on HIV testing and treatment.
While Africa continues to be disproportionately burdened by the AIDS epidemic, researchers argue that a lot of advancements have been made in HIV treatment and vaccine, coverage of ARTs and mother to child HIV transmission. "It allows people to get tested", said Noah Beacom, a prevention specialist from The Project.
Reflecting on World Aids Day - which is being commemorated today - Pieterse says she contracted the virus when she was raped at 18-years-old.
Del Rio said researchers are challenged with inadequate health care systems, in addition to a lack of a preventative vaccine or a cure for the disease. The federal initiative to end HIV as an epidemic in the United States, announced in February, set to launch in November, also remains unfunded.
In 2018, 25 per cent of new HIV infections were among men who have sex with men, a more than three-fold increase from seven per cent in 2010.