- Volta Region and Brong Ahafo have the highest prevalence rate of HIV according to a new report
- The region with the less prevalence rate recorded was the Northern Region
A new report has placed the Volta Region and Brong Ahafo Region as the regions in Ghana where HIV is most prevalent.
The 2016 HIV sentinel survey report stated that the two top regions recorded a prevalence rate of 2.7%.
This is slightly higher than the national prevalence of Ghana which is 2.4%.
The Northern Region registered the lowest prevalence rate, recording 0.7% prevalence rate.
Here is a breakdown of prevalence rate for the other regions are:
- Eastern - 2.6%,
- Ashanti - 2.6%,
- Western - 2.5%,
- Upper West - 2.5%,
- Greater Accra - 2.4%,
- Central - 1.8%
- Upper East - 1.7%.
HIV prevalence was higher in urban areas hitting 2.5%, compared to 1.9% for rural areas.
According to a report by the Finder newspaper, the National AIDS Control Programme bemoaned the increase in prevalence rate among pregnant women in the 2016 report.
The overall national prevalence rate for Ghana has been on an increase since 2014. In 2014, it was 1.6%, in 2015, it was 1.8% but the 2016 report says it is now at 2.4%.
In the last 11 years, health officials say, the HIV Sentinel Survey data have been used as the primary data source for the National HIV and AIDS estimates.
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