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World AIDS Day 2018, "Know your status", celebrates 30th anniversary

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Several people also voluntarily underwent HIV test at the ICTC stall and blood test to determine their blood group at the blood bank centre.

PAHO says the majority of new infections in the Region occur in gay men and other men who have sex with men, which represent 41 percent of new cases in Latin America and 23 percent in the Caribbean.

Sady, Ukraine remains one of the leaders for the number of people with "positive" AIDS status in Europe. In 2017, 9.4 million people were simply unaware that they are living with a potentially deadly, but treatable, disease. A new UNICEF report issued this week projects that some 360,000 adolescents will die of AIDS-related diseases between 2018 and 2030.

She advised Lagosians and Nigerians to periodically check their status and stop discriminating HIV positive persons. Sex workers and their clients, transgender women and people who inject themselves with drugs are also disproportionately affected by HIV.

"It is not advisable to say you know the symptoms hence you will not test, it takes a while for the symptoms to show up", he stated.

The Union government has set sights on reducing new HIV infections by 75% in the country by 2020. The demographics of people with HIV attributed to injection drug are similar to those most at risk for opioid use and addiction - which skews towards the younger, white population. More people living with HIV are now receiving treatment that is allowing them to live longer, healthier lives.

This starts with the provision of testing services, particularly for those at-risk of HIV infection. Aids.ua web portal quotes the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, which points out that 'during the four months of 2018, 5,764 new cases of HIV infection were registered (783 of them are amongst children under 14 years old)'. World Health Organization first recommended HIV self-testing in December 2016.

This year is the 30-year anniversary of World AIDS Day, first initiated by WHO in 1988.

Mabuza addressed the official World Aids Day commemoration at the Dobsonville Stadium this afternoon. However, it is also an important reminder that despite progress made, the world can not become complacent in its response to HIV.

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