All must test for HIV/AIDS, live responsibly to reach zero tolerance – Alfred Gyan

The Western Region held this year’s World AIDS day with a durbar, calling on all Ghanaians to test to know their HIV and AIDS status to enable them behave responsibly in order to achieve the zero tolerance by the target year 2015.

Mr Alfred Ekow Gyan, the Deputy Western Regional Minister, said elimination of the HIV and AIDS pandemic by the target year was achievable when everybody played his or her role responsibly by leading moral life and refraining from using infected tools.

He advised against multiple sexual partners and unprotected sex, sharing of unsterilized syringes and razors among others.

“ Zero New HIV Infections AIDS Related Deaths Discrimination” is the global theme and Ghana is celebrating the day under the theme “Accelerating the National Response towards the Millennium Development Goals on maternal health care.”

Mr Gyan said the enhanced coverage of anti-retroviral medicines for pregnant women as well as the intensification of campaign creating awareness of the disease had helped in the reduction of mother to child transmission.

He appealed to the First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama, to extend her campaign against mother to child AIDS transmission to the region.

In the region, Mr Gyan said the prevalence rate kept fluctuating and called on all to have passion for people living with HIV andAIDS by doing away with stigmatization and discrimination.

Capt Anthony Cudjoe, the Metropolitan Chief Executive, urged the public to disabuse their minds that HIV and AIDS was contracted through indecent sex, therefore regarding victims as irresponsible or living promiscuous life.

He said the pandemic was also contracted through blood transfusion and sharing of tools by infected persons.

Dr Ronald Sowa, the Western Regional HIV Coordinator, stressed the need for more work to be done to achieve the new zero tolerance from mother to child transmission through behavioral change. GNA

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