Easing COVID-19's impact on people living with HIV

World AIDS Day Ogun steps up awareness campaign against spread of HIV  AIDS

World AIDS Day Ogun steps up awareness campaign against spread of HIV AIDS

"We need to aspire to scale up HIV care to reach 100% of people living with HIV".

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, made this known at a press briefing organized by Ogun State Agency For the Control of AIDS (OGSACA), in commemoration of 2020 World AIDS Day, with the theme "United To End AIDS In the Mist of Covid-19", held at Governor's office Press Centre, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta. This is a crucial group because they are much more likely to be at risk of getting HIV.

"His appointment was during the lockdown and because he couldn't access transport, we ended up losing him".

Despite impressive progress, HIV still continues to be a public health challenge because services are still limited in remote districts.

The deceased was staying in Arua district and used to get his check ups and leaukaemia management medication from the Uganda Cancer Institute in Kampala.

The survey titled "Impact of COVID-19 on access and delivery of HIV care in Asia Pacific" was conducted online, from October to mid-November 2020, in 10 countries/territories in Asia Pacific (Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam) by Kantar Health, funded by Gilead Sciences with the provision of guidance and support from the AIDS Society of India. This year's report therefore begins to document adaptations that countries are taking to mitigate the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 has had a big impact on the uptake of HIV tests, especially amongst the at-risk population.

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However, there are significant gaps in Nepal to access treatment services that need robust health sector response. This indicates that the epidemic is still firmly established in the general population.

At the annual meeting of the francophone network, UNAIDS also urged parliamentarians to stop the disproportionate use of criminal law in responses to public health crises.

The Kenya Aids Strategic Framework covering 2014 to 2019 calls for 75 percent reduction in new infections, 25 percent reduction in mortalities and 50 percent increase in domestic financing to combat the disease effectively.

Telehealth is becoming a mode of delivery for HIV care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study notes that a six-month interruption of supply of antiretroviral therapy (ART) drugs due to COVID-19 could lead to more than 500,000 deaths from AIDS-related illnesses, including tuberculosis. 51% of PLHIV and 44% of individuals at-risk reported that they are concerned about accessing anti-retroviral medicines and prevention medications with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Fatungase said that by midterm of 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 49,211 person's have been counselled, tested and the results were given, out of which 105 were tested positive, saying that state now has 20,827 persons were now on Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART).

He added that "the gateway to HIV reduction is testing". These declines are consistent with the October 2020 Situation Report of the Global Fund, which indicates that three quarters of Global Fund supported HIV programs have experienced "moderate" to "very high" service disruption in the wake of COVID-19.

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