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South Africans urged to take responsibility in fight against HIV/Aids

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CCHD say people shouldn't be afraid of the outcome. "In fact, statistics show that 1 in 8 people who have HIV in the US are unaware of their diagnosis, which means they could be spreading the disease and not even know it".

According to the CDC, HIV cases overall have decreased among African Americans and Latinos.

It is also a time to recognize the tremendous medical advances that have been made since the first World AIDS Day was held in 1988.

Many of these are people at higher risk of HIV infection who often find it hard to access existing testing services.

Sex workers, drug users, third genders, prison inmates, male labour migrant workers and their wives are most likely infected. For those with positive results, World Health Organization recommend they should receive information, link to counselling and see rapid referral to prevention, treatment and care services.

That one pill a day is still expensive - somewhere between $1,500 to $2,000 a month.

Goal two is to get 90% of D.C. residents with HIV in treatment.

As the country gears up for another World AIDS Day on Thursday, experts emphasise a multi-pronged approach - beginning with the health camps in villages to policy-making in Parliament, for easy access to testing and anti-retroviral therapy (ART).

"We know that of new cases diagnosed in the United States, that about 45 percent of those new cases diagnosed are in the south", said Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health. We would like full support in the community because this is something that affects all of us.

HIV/AIDS has taken the lives of more than 123,000 New Yorkers since the disease was recognized 35 years ago.

The authority will also partner with community-based agencies to educate individuals who could most benefit from PrEP and help them navigate services. "We can end new HIV transmission in OR by going full-steam on these new efforts, and doubling down on what has been proven to work so far".

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