Ghana AIDS Commission Says New HIV Infections Still An Issue

Director-General of Ghana AIDS Commission, Mr Kyeremeh Atuahene, has said HIV is still an issue in Ghana.

Reports show that new HIV infections averaged 21,000 each year over the last five years. Also 120,000 people living with HIV did not know their HIV status and spread the virus unknowingly.

He added that HIV new infections averaged 22,000 in 2016 but it reduced to almost 19,000 in 2020, explaining that 52 people got infected with HIV daily in Ghana.

At present, antiretroviral treatment is making people living with HIV to not show emaciated bodies, making it difficult to identify those with the virus.

He said that it was possible to diagnose people living with HIV and made them become virally suppressed in order to eliminate AIDS and achieve epidemic control in the country.

The Commission is to ensure that HIV was no longer a public health threat. It wants to bring new infection to the barest minimum.

In 2020 alone, 13,000 people died of AIDS, making the condition one of the 10 leading causes of death in Ghana. The driving factor of the HIV epidemic was sexual intercourse since 80 percent of HIV transmission in Ghana is through sexual contact.

Ghana AIDS Commission would organising a Durbar as part of activities to observe World AIDS Day on the 1st of December.

There would also be regional durbars across the country to commemorate World AIDS Day to create awareness about the havoc HIV is still causing in Ghana.