Revise HIV prevalence rate, more people now test positive – Dr Dennis Bortey

Revise HIV prevalence rate, more people now test positive – Dr Dennis Bortey

- Dr Dennis Bortey has bemoaned over the perception that HIV/AIDS is on the decline

- During a screening exercise organised by ADEXCLUSIVE it was revealed that an average of three persons per week test positive for HIV

- Ghana’s HIV prevalent rate as of 2015 was reported as 1.37 per cent while the proportion

A senior medical officer at the Adabraka polyclinic in Acrca, Dr Dennis Bortey has appealed to the Ghana Health Service Directorate and the Ghana Aids Commission to revise the current HIV prevalence rate.

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He bemoaned the perception that HIV/AIDS is on the decline, and indicated that rather, many young people are testing positive on a weekly basis.

During a screening exercise organised by ADEXCLUSIVE, it was revealed that an average of three persons per week test positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS at the clinic, a situation which he described as alarming.

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I believe the figures for the HIV prevalence rate must be revised because at the Adabraka Poly Clinic alone every week at least three persons test positive for HIV”, he stated.

Dr Bortey therefore called for a sustained sensitisation programme about the virus and its prevention to curb the alarming trend.

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Ghana’s HIV prevalent rate as of 2015 was reported as 1.37 per cent while the proportion of women living with HIV/AIDS was 57 per cent compared to 43 per cent for men.

He also noted that the ages of the affected persons ranged from 8 to 45 years.

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