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Over 100,000 Unaware Individuals Spreading HIV in Ghana

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The Ghana AIDS Commission has revealed that there are more than 100,000 individuals unknowingly living with HIV, potentially transmitting the virus. Dr. Kyeremeh Atuahene, the Commission’s Director General, stated that this accounts for about 28% of the HIV-positive population in Ghana.

According to a report from myjoyonline.com, Dr. Atuahene emphasized that over 28% of people living with HIV are unaware of their status due to lack of testing, constituting around 100,000 people. He expressed concern about the inadvertent spread of the virus and called on citizens to take the responsibility of knowing their HIV status. He believed that such awareness could significantly enhance the effectiveness of disease treatment.

Dr. Atuahene cautioned against waiting until AIDS develops before seeking medical attention, as it could prolong the recovery process and compromise immune system regeneration.

To address this situation, the Ghana AIDS Commission is actively searching for these 100,000 individuals. Dr. Atuahene explained that once located, they can receive necessary treatment to halt the virus’s propagation. He also highlighted the recent launch of the HIV self-test campaign in the country, aiming to reach underserved populations and provide testing services at their convenience. This initiative is intended to encourage those who are hesitant to know their HIV status to begin the testing process and determine their reactivity.

Source: myjoyonline.com

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