USAID strengthening the Care Continuum Project in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has between October 2020 and March 2021 tested nearly 30,000 people for human immune virus (HIV) with 2,143 individuals testing positive.
The USAID Strength Care Continuum project is designed to enhance the capacity of the Government of Ghana and its partners to provide quality, comprehensive HIV services to people living with HIV.
The public affairs adviser at the US Embassy in Ghana, Virginia Eliot, who revealed this, noted that out of the number who tested positive for HIV, 1
She spoke via zoom technology during the media workshop in 2021 and the anti-stigma campaign on HIV / AIDS organized by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Aid (PEPFAR).
The program aimed to equip journalists to effectively report on HIV / AIDS issues.
“Here in Ghana, we have made great strides in the fight to achieve epidemic control by 2030,” she added.
Dr. Henry Nagai, head of the party for USAID strengthening the Care Continuum project, urged journalists to use their media to encourage people, especially young people, to volunteer for HIV testing.
According to Dr Henry Naggai, the media is a powerful tool that can be used to minimize, if not erase, the myth surrounding HIV.
“People still see those living with HIV as outcasts, but journalists are better able to tell the story that even if there is no cure for HIV, there is treatment for patients to live for years,” he said.
Dr. Naggai revealed that enough resources have been channeled to HIV advocacy in the regions and that anyone could go into any health facility to test ”.
He noted that because of the stigma that people living with HIV go through, it is difficult for most of them to socialize and become involved in any community activity.
He therefore challenged the media to help people in the community accommodate people living with the virus, as it is not a contagious disease.
Ms Dzid Kwame, media specialist for the PEPFAR project, would demonstrate effective strategies for achieving 95-95-95 epidemic control at the national level.
This means that 95 percent of people living with HIV know their status, 95 percent of people diagnosed with HIV infection receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, and 95 percent of people receiving antiretroviral therapy, get virus suspension, ”he explained.