World AIDS Day: 346,120 Ghanaians contracted HIV in 2020

World AIDS Day: 346,120 Ghanaians contracted HIV in 2020

World AIDS Day: 346,120 Ghanaians contracted HIV in 2020

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World AIDS Day: 346,120 Ghanaians contracted HIV in 2020

The Ghana AIDS Commissions says a total of 346,120 Ghanaians were estimated to have contracted the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in 2020.

This comprises of 229,755 females representing 66 per cent; and 116,364 males, which represents 34 per cent.

Per its estimates and projections, the HIV population for adults (15+years) and children between 0-14 years was 317,410 and 28,710
respectively.

According to the Commission, its estimation revealed that 18,928 new HIV infections were recorded. The number of females who fell prey to the virus in this category are 12,443. A total of 6,485 males representing 34 per cent reported new infections.

World AIDS Day: 346,120 Ghanaians contracted HIV in 2020

Among children (0-14 years), the number was about 3,683.

It is projected that the total AIDS-related deaths were 12,758 which is made up of 6,189 males and 6,569 females.

World AIDS Day: 346,120 Ghanaians contracted HIV in 2020

At the sub-national level, the Commission noted that the Ashanti Region had recorded the highest number of HIV population (PLHIV) of about 73,245, and the highest number of new HIV infections which is 3,590.

“At the District level, Kumasi Metropolis in the Ashanti Region recorded the highest numbers of PLHIV and new infections: 13,165 and 588, respectively,” it added.

World AIDS Day: 346,120 Ghanaians contracted HIV in 2020

The Ghana AIDS Commission’s data becomes relevant as the world celebrates AIDS Day, today, December 1.

Meanwhile, the UN is urging all to have their status checked as HIV is treatable, adding that “treatment is free.”

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