AIDS was recognized, named and feared in the 1980s to the early 2000s, but since the advent of medication to treat HIV, the viral infection that causes AIDS, the subject is not often in the headlines. However, despite the lack of headlines, there are still nearly 40,000 new cases of HIV yearly That is why it is necessary to continue to draw people’s awareness to the need for prevention and treatment.
To increase awareness in the area in which it works, on World AIDS Day, December 1st, HVCF organized a walk from the organization’s centre into Maraba Rido, creating awareness of the focus of the walk and inviting hearers to come for free testing at the
place where the tests were carried out where the walk finished. At this time the focal person of PMTCT (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission) from Chukun Local Government, Mrs. Sandra Fibi Obanewu, spoke on how the disease can be spread and the importance of each person knowing his/her status in order to prevent spread of the disease.
This was following by testing of all those who wished to know their status, having been assured that the testing was done for free, that they would be told the results immediately and that if any were to be positive, they would be guided on how to access treatment in order to manage the disease. Two hundred and sixty-two (262) persons came forward for the testing, and at the end of the day, all were reminded that if there were family members or others who would need testing, they would be welcome to come to the lab at HVCF at any time for the service.
Some youthsspoke afterward, stating that that were happy to test and to know their status. Today is World Aids Day, and while there’s been progress made in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, there’s still much work to be done. In this article, we’ll explore the current state of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and what needs to be done to end it. While new infections have declined overall since the early 2000s, there are still nearly 40,000 new cases of HIV each year. That’s why it’s so important to continue raising awareness about the disease and how it can be prevented. Read on to learn more about HIV/AIDS and how you can help prevent its spread.
HVCF to increase awareness of the day organized a rally walk from the organization’s center to the venue, health talk was given to the community dwellers on the disease and the day being 1st December assigned as the recognized day of the disease and preventive measures to be taken, test was conducted and counseling given to those who was supposed to. The focal person of PMTCT (Prevention from Mother To Child Transmission) Chukun LGA Mrs. Sandra Fibi Obanewo talked on the spread of the disease and how it can move from person to person within or outside the family and the need for everyone to know their status so as to bring to an end the disease.
Who can be tested?
Everyone can be tested, from pregnant woman to the aged. If you think you may have been exposed to HIV, it’s important to get tested as soon as possible. There are many places where you can get an HIV test, including your doctor’s office, clinics, and local health departments. Some tests are even done at home.
HIV and AIDS can impact anyone, no matter their age, gender, race, or sexuality. World AIDS Day is a chance for everyone to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS and to show support for those living with the virus.
If you or someone you know is living with HIV or AIDS, there are many resources available to help. Counseling can be a vital part of treatment and care, providing support and guidance through difficult times.
Putting yourself for testing
It’s World AIDS Day, and that means it’s time to get yourself tested. Putting yourself to be tested for HIV and AIDs shows that you love yourself, family members, friends and people around you. Knowing your status keeps you safe and others safe.
The most important thing is to find a testing site that you feel comfortable with. If you’re not comfortable going to a clinic or doctor’s office, there are community centers where you can be tested, or even in your own home.