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Regional Health Directorate urges public to join hands with GAC, encourages HIV test

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The Ashanti Regional Health Directorate have made passionate appeal to the general public to join hands Ghana AIDS Commission and the directorate in order to fight the spike in the region and Ghana as a whole.

In its quest to embark on activities to sensitise the public on HIV/AIDS, the directorate has encouraged citizenry to adopt preventive habits or live positively if already infected.

Medical Supritendant at the Suntreso Government Hospital in the Ashanti Region who doubles as the Head of the Regional HIV/AIDS Medical Team, Dr Agyarko Poku in an interview with Silver FM’s Akwadaa Nyame on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, said, there is the need for all to take the first step to testing for HIV to know their status since is an essential step.

Dr Agyarko observed that, Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV) who access antiretroviral have a significantly reduced risk of transmitting the virus to others especially pregnant women transmitting it to their children.

Scientific evidence shows adherence to treatment affords PLHIV the necessary health to live a normal life and go about their duties like everyone else.

Dr Agyarko believed that, sustained adherence to treatment leads to viral suppression and protects the infected person from opportunistic infections.

He said, testing for HIV to know ones status is necessary to achieve the 95-95-95 targets with the ultimate goal to ending AIDS in 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. HIV does not have a cure but there is free treatment and medication for it.

By: Akwadaa Nyame-Silverfm

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