Know Your HIV Status and Take Control

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From lighting candles to holding rallies, people around the world will mark World AIDS Day on Saturday to raise awareness about the fight against HIV/AIDS and remember all those who have died from it.

"This year, six cases of AIDS have been registered in the Kurdistan Region, and 23 foreigners were deported to their countries for having AIDS following their blood tests", he added. "It is because they do not understand how HIV is transmitted", Zubairi said Wednesday. It is time to get real about HIV in our community and what we can do to prevent, accept and bring awareness to help those who are struggling in isolation.

The Senate approved a bill on Wednesday to extend the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for five years and sent it to the White House for Trump's signature.

Dr Baird continued: "Whilst the epidemic is slowing in the United Kingdom, almost half of people who test positive find out very late that they have HIV, meaning the virus may have damaged their health permanently, which is why early diagnosis is so important".

It added 59% of adults and 52% of children living with HIV were receiving lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 2017.

This year, UNAIDS Executive Director who is in South Africa for the event stressed the need for people to know their statuses in his message.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweeted video: "A future with no HIV infections is a real possibility".

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Cheryl Healton, dean of New York University's College of Global Public Health, said people with HIV and AIDS are now living longer, healthier lives. It has also increased the number of people tested through the city's mobile unit to 4,000 in a year to 4,000 in a month.

"We are applying the Mashwara initiative in a number of hospitals and health centers all over the Kingdom", it said.

France played a key role in the establishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) in 2002.

Recognising that mandatory testing would drive those at high risk of HIV infection beyond reach and prevent their access to public health preventive activities and other health services, the Government promotes voluntary confidential counselling and testing. "In this regard, significant progress has been made in the HIV/AIDS response since 1988, and today three in four people living with HIV know their status", Mr. Seymour said. The country was also reported to have the largest antiretroviral treatment (ART) programme in the world, which had undergone even more expansion in recent years with the implementation of "test and treat" guidelines.

"People are not focussing much attention on this issue".

These people are most at risk and may be scared off at the idea that they may visit the local sexual health clinic and be seen.

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