Lincolnshire residents urged to show support on World Aids Day

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A boy participates in a health awareness run to mark World AIDS Day.

"I'd love to be able to stand up at that podium and say 90 percent of HIV positive people know their status, 90 percent of people diagnosed with HIV have been connected to medical resources and started treatment, and 90 percent of people on treatment have reduced their viral load to zero", Bridger said.

The original buyers' groups, made famous in the film "Dallas Buyers Club", were set up in the 1980s to import experimental drugs not approved by US authorities when AIDS treatments were in their infancy and the disease was a death sentence for many.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said this on Saturday in her message to mark the 2018 "World AIDS Day", commemorated every year on December 1, with the theme "Know your Status".Moeti said that leaders can achieve better results in reducing the spread of the virus by expanding community-based options and innovations to reach beyond health facilities.She said that in some parts of the region, HIV testing and access to treatment was still lacking and urged leaders to have stronger political will, commitment and increase investment to achieve universal health coverage in all states. In the male population over 60 years old, HIV/AIDS cases increased by 136% in five years, from 8,391 cases in 2012 to almost 20,000 cases in 2017.

Meanwhile, in Ratnapura where the first Sri Lankan HIV patient was detected in 1987, there had been no HIV cases reported this year. The majority of the infected were found to belong to the age group of 20-49.

"I know I am safe because I trust my sexual partner". "If we are going to end HIV in the USA all communities and populations must prioritized". Key populations often have legal and social issues related to their behaviors that increase vulnerability to HIV and reduce access to testing and treatment programmes.

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The Senate approved a bill on Wednesday to extend the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for five years and sent it to the White House for Trump's signature. He also said that he wanted to bring awareness that the world is on the cusp of eradicating HIV "but we are at a fault in the road" with cuts to public health threatening a universal roll-out of PrEP, the pill that prevents HIV.

A condom acts as a barrier that prevents blood, semen or vaginal fluids passing from one sexual partner to another. "Understanding that I was unable to transmit HIV sexually has been life-changing too", he said.

Mr Wright said the rapid testing program could also be beneficial against gonorrhoea and chlamydia.

"If you are not in that same category, if you live in a rural area, if you find it difficult to access services, if you are black or older or a woman then those things mean stigma is much higher, so it's much harder to talk about it".

Based on Basic Health Research data in 2018, only 1 percent of the people have a complete knowledge of HIV in general, the transmission and prevention, and the way to check it. "That my story might encourage others to get tested and ultimately begin their treatment earlier on".

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