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Ghana records 21% increase in HIV cases

Ghana recorded a 21% increase in HIV infections across all age brackets between the period of 2010 and 2016.  

According to Aviation Minister, Cecilia Abena Daapah who made this known at the 4th National HIV and AIDS Research Conference in Accra, there is the need for Ghana to put measures in place to reverse the trend.

“We need to rethink our preventive strategies, and prevention interventions must be re-directed to focus on major sources of new infections such as people involved in casual heterosexual sex and couples in relationships,” she said.

The minister further said Ghana ought to capitalize on advanced technologies to come up with more effective strategies to deal with the issue.

Currently, about two percent of the estimated 27 million Ghanaians are living with HIV/AIDs, she noted.

“It is not just a moral duty to prevent the spread of HIV among the remaining 98% of the population, but it is the right thing to do by strengthening interventions for key populations.”

New HIV infections among persons aged 15 to 24 years increased by 45% between the same periods of 2010 to 2016.

By Irene Amesimeku| 3news.com| Ghana

 

 

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