Ghana Aids Commission Schools Journalists On National Aids Policy Document

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By Cecil Mensah

The Ghana Aids Commission (GAC), the agency tasked to educate Ghanaians on the dangers of Human Immune Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in partnership with Editor’s Forum Ghana (EFG), has organized a sensitization programme to educate Editors on the National HIV and AIDS, STI Policy to promote behaviour change.

Presenting an overview on the National HIV/AIDS document, Mr Collins Ohene-Adjei, the Acting Director of Technical Services at GAC said, the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country was four prong and this includes, Sex Workers, men having sex with men, persons who inject drugs and prisoners and clients of sex workers.

He said, forty two cases of the disease was recorded in Ghana in 1986 and by the end of 2011, an estimated 225,478 persons were living with HIV, of which 65,087 were on treatment.

He said currently the national adult prevalence has stabilized at 1.5 percent, therefore, declining from 2.7 percent in 2005.

He said, it estimated that 12,077 new infections occurred in 2011 and out of this number 1,707 are children.

He said, even though prevalence is low, it varies in the ten regions, with Eastern region leading with 3.7 percent, Ashanti with 3.2 percent,
Greater Accra 2.7 percent, Western 2.4 percent, Brong Ahafo 2.1 percent, Upper East, Volta, Central 1.1 percent, Upper West 1.7 percent.

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