Malaysian AIDS Foundation president Prof Datuk Adeeba Kamarulzaman
04 December, 2019, 03:41
At the height of the AIDS crisis in the late 1980s and early '90s, close to 850 cases were being reported annually, Dix said.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya State Network for Positive People (MSNP) general secretary Barry Kharmalki said that the World Aids Day offers an important platform to highlight the role of communities and greater mobilisation of communities is urgently required to address the barriers that stop communities from delivering services. ART reduces the amount of the virus in a person's body, allowing them to live healthy lives and reducing their chances of transmitting HIV to others, says the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Furthermore, data show that population of adolescents and young people aged 15 to 24 living in sub-Saharan Africa will nearly double by 2050, whereas it will decline or remain stable in every other region of the world.
Of the 770,000 AIDS-related deaths in 2018, nearly two-thirds occurred in Africa and the Middle East where infected people have little access to treatment.
The implementation of the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Programme had seen transmission of HIV reduced to 0.2%.
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An estimated 20% of the population or more than 200 million people in Africa are young people aged between 15 and 24 years and this number is expected to continue growing, it said.
The ministry said that the number of patients treated with lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) has doubled to over 175,000 patients in September 2019 from over 85,000 in 2015. "It's still around, and we still need to make people aware of it and we need to get people tested".
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.
HIV is a lifelong diagnosis, but the disease is better understood than even just a few years ago and treatment is available. Contact the Family Planning Program at 234-8951 (choose the option for Family Planning) or 664-8701 for more information, or pick up some free condoms at the CHCC Public Health Office (by the dental clinic), Maternal and Child Health Bureau Office on the 4th floor of Marianas Business Plaza, the CHCC Outpatient Pharmacy, PHI Pharmacy in Dandan, the Rota Health Center and the Tinian Health Center.