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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Below are more comments to celebrate the day on social media.
Today is World AIDS Day! Together, let us End Inequalities, End AIDS and End the Pandemic. pic.twitter.com/0g0ARpd6VY
— Ghana AIDS Commission (@ghanaids) December 1, 2021
Wearing my ribbon at work for #WorldAIDSDay
Remembering those that we have lost, and the progress that we have made.
U=U. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/G1rZ7XUE20
— Mary Jane Holland (@TheMJHolland) December 1, 2021
I currently take one tablet daily – the only reminder that I’m living with HIV. It keeps my viral load undetectable, meaning that I can’t pass HIV on. I can expect a normal lifespan. The greatest challenge is stigma, due to a lack of knowledge. #HIVHasChanged #WorldAIDSDay
— Philip Baldwin (@philipcbaldwin) December 1, 2021
This is the deadliest pandemic of the last 100 years.
— DW News (@dwnews) December 1, 2021
— Don Wanyama (@nyamadon) December 1, 2021
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