the prevalence rate was 3.2 per cent. Currently

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the prevalence rate was 3.2 per cent. Currently

Postby pjqhr230 » Fri May 19, 2017 4:29 pm

Minister of Health Dr. Leslie Ramsammy yesterday announced that there are only 10,000 HIV-infected persons living in Guyana, as opposed to 12,000 which was being reported by some organisations.The new figure suggests a reduction in the rate of infection; and according to Minister Ramsammy, this further indicates that only one percent of Guyana’s population is infected, debunking the previous figures which had stated that approximately three to four percent of the population was infected.Minister Ramsammy made the announcement yesterday after a march which was organized by the Beterverwagting (BV) President’s Youth Choice Committee in observance of World AIDS Day.According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV globally, including 2.5 million children.During last year, some 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. About half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25; and they are killed by AIDS before they are 35.Around 95 per cent of people with HIV/AIDS live in developing nations.Before 2001, the prevalence rate was 3.2 per cent. Currently, the prevalence rate is between one and 1.5 per cent of the population, and approximately 500 new infections are occurring every year.It was noted that, as of July, there were approximately 2,228 persons accessing treatment at 16 treatment sites in Guyana, including one mobile unit that goes to Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine.Of the 2,228 persons on treatment, 154 of them are children. In addition, there are 1,226 persons who are not on anti-retroviral treatment but access other care and support programmes at the various treatment sites.Overall, there are 3,454 persons on the national treatment and care programme. The march yesterday saw a number of school children from the various schools marching from the Starlite Cinema straight to the BV Primary School, shouting, “Stop AIDS, keep the promise,” which is the theme under which World AIDS Day is being observed.The children were joined by Minister Ramsammy half way through the march. During his address to the school children, the Health Minister urged them to become leaders if they want to win the fight against HIV.“AIDS is a killer, and one thing is for certain — AIDS is not invincible. It is easy to fight against HIV, because it is within us.The virus doesn’t come and look for us and say ‘hey, I like this girl.’ All the virus wants to do is to survive; and without us it cannot survive,” Minister Ramsammy told the students.He explained that persons, especially the younger generation, need to become aware of how the virus is transmitted and the steps they can take to prevent it.He urged for the students to practice abstinence, as he noted that, “At this age, it is too young to be engaged in sexual activities.”The march included students from the BV Community High School, Phoenix Academy, Golden Grove Secondary School and the Institute of Business Education.
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