- Rate of HIV infection increased by 50 percent in 2016
- 10,000 newly infected Ghanaians are under treatment
It has emerged that the rate of HIV/AIDs infection shot up by almost 50 percent with over 20,000 persons diagnosed with the virus in 2016.
The UNAIDS has revealed that even among the 20,000 newly infected, only 10,000 are currently under medication on anti-retroviral therapy (ARTs)
Country director for the UNAIDS, Angela Trenton-Mbonde says, this infection rate amounts to a 49 percent increase in Ghana alone.
"There has been an 80 percent rise in HIV infections overall…this figure of the new infections tells us that more needs to be done with respect to HIV prevention as evidence shows that new infections are rising among adults," she revealed in a presentation to commemorate the World AIDS Day.
So far, the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions record the highest rate of HIV infections.
One of the main cause of prevalence rates is the non-patronage of condoms and refusal to check status.
Also, the painful experience of stigmatization is said to have caused most persons living with HIV/AIDS coil into their shelves fearing to seek medical care.
Meanwhile, president of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has constituted a new board under the Ghana AIDS Commission to oversee issues related to HIV prevention in the country.
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