Citizens urged to get tested for HIV

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Though HIV testing in the United States is readily available and oftentimes free of charge, 1 in 5 people do not know their status due to a lack of access. This strategy can help the world get on track to not only end HIV, but also achieve "health for all" by 2030.

The theme for the 2018 World AIDS Day commemoration is "Know Your Status" which brings into spotlight the importance of urging people to know their HIV infection status by getting tested.

Okoro recalled that in 2016, no fewer than 1.4 million people were tested and became aware of their HIV status.

Telangana State Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi has given an indication that HIV positive persons with higher educational qualifications will be given priority in the recruitment by government departments.

Mrs Tallen further assured that NACA will continue to do its best to ensure more advocacy is carried out by stakeholders to drive down the country's burden of HIV and AIDS which has been estimated to be the second largest in the world.

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2012 - The oral prophylactic drug PrEP is approved for HIV-negative people to prevent sexual transmission of the virus.

The Union government has set sights on reducing new HIV infections by 75% in the country by 2020. In 2017, 9.4 million people were simply unaware that they are living with a potentially deadly, but treatable, disease.

"It is not advisable to say you know the symptoms hence you will not test, it takes a while for the symptoms to show up", he stated.

"The good news is that for those who are HIV positive, the government has enough drugs and plans in place to support and treat the affected for free". Globally, 15- to 24-year-old women are twice as likely as young men to be infected. This means 76 adolescent deaths every day, unless we make additional investment in HIV prevention, testing and treatment programmes in a number of regions.

PAHO/WHO also recommends that the age at which young people can take an HIV test without the consent of a parent or guardian be reduced in line with the recommendations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. However, it is also an important reminder that despite progress made, the world can not become complacent in its response to HIV.

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