23,495 Ghanaians test HIV positive from January to June

According to the Programme Manager of the National STIs and HIV/AIDS Control Program, a minimum of 23,495 individuals in Ghana have tested positive for HIV in the first six months of this year (from January to June).

The figure represents 2% of the 948,094 individuals who had HIV testing between January and June of 2022. They belonged to a variety of social groups, including men, pregnant and non-pregnant women, homosexuals, and female sex workers.

 

Even though the half-year figure for last year was 25,545, Dr. Stephen Ayisi Addo stated the figure for this year was too high in an interview with the Daily Graphic.

 

“The number of new infections is too high, so we must step up education to remind people that HIV is still present and must be constantly reminded of. Whether they are adults or youngsters, we need to make sure that everyone understands the importance of adhering to prevention techniques, he said.

He claimed that of the persons who showed up for testing, 4% each were from the Bono, Ahafo, Eastern, and Western North areas, while 3% each were from the Ashanti and Greater Accra regions.

 

He claimed that for the remaining regions, some had 2% and others had a percentage for each.

 

The majority of the 23,495 persons who tested positive, according to Dr. Ayisi Addo, have now started receiving HIV therapy.

23,495 Ghanaians test HIV positive from January to June
23,495 Ghanaians test HIV positive from January to June

THE CAUSES OF NEW CASES

 

Regarding the causes of the recent occurrences, the program manager explained that, unlike smallpox and other diseases that had been eradicated, HIV was still present in the population and that, as long as people engaged in sexual activity and were getting married, they would spread it to others.

 

He said that the new cases were the result of ignorance and complacency, saying that because public health officials were no longer raising awareness of the disease’s hazards, people mistakenly believed there was no longer an issue.

 

Some young people today are unaware that HIV exists. Some are aware, but they believe it to be lost. He noted that people are currently more terrified about COVID-19 and the Marburg illness than they are of AIDS.

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