‘4 Out of 10 People Have HIV …in T’DI’

 

Western Regional HIV Coordinator, Dr Samuel Aidoo, has disclosed that currently, the Takoradi metropolis recorded 3.8% prevalence, a higher figure than the regional prevalence of 3.1% and even against the national prevalence of 2.5%. 

 

He bemoaned that the increasing prevalence within Takoradi alone was a cause for action to nib the condition in the bud in that per the prevalence, three to four persons out of ten are exposed or have the HIV virus.

 

He also disclosed that HIV testing at some of the facilities in the districts within the region from 2018 to the 2nd quarter of 2019 saw an increase while others declined. The breakdown is as follows Ahanta West 1.37% (2018) and 1.84% (2019), Effia-Kwesimintsim 2.07% (2018) and 0.90% (2019), and Ellembelle 1.34% (2008) and 5.43% (2019).

 

Others are Jomoro 1.27% (2018) and 4.98% (2019), Mpohor 0.53% (2018) and 0.73% (2019), Nzema East 2.74% (2018) and 6.10% (2019), Prestea-Huni Valley 1.13% (2018) and 1.10% (2019), STMA 3.24% (2018) and 5.59% (2019), and Shama 0.35% (2018) and 1.36% (2019).

 

The rest are Tarkwa-Nsuaem 4.27% (2018) and 9.30% (2019), Wassa Amenfi Central 0.32% (2018) and 0.92% (2019), Wassa Amenfi East 7.41% (2018) and 3.47% (2019), Wassa Amenfi West 2.64% (2018) and 7.31% (2019), and Wassa East 4.60% (2018) and 9.48% (2019).

 

Proportion of those who tested positive for the same period after the HIV testing yield in general population recorded as follows Ahanta West 15.01% and 14.87%, Effia-Kwesimintsim 15.34% and 19.78%, Ellembelle 16.25% and 6.47%, Jomoro 19.33% and 5.08%, and Mpohor 4.84% and 20.99%.

 

The rest are Nzema East 14.33% and 4.53%, Prestea-Huni Valley 20.92% and 12.64%, STMA 12.32% and 7.14%, Shama 15.87% and 5.88%, Tarkwa-Nsuaem 5.88% and 3.66%, Wassa Amenfi Central 3.77% and 4%, Wassa Amenfi East 3.71% and 9.01%, Wassa Amenfi West 8.53% and 5.35%, and Wassa East 4.30% and 2.48%.

 

Mr Aidoo mentioned some contributing factors to this as increasing population of key population and increasing prevalence of HIV amongst key population in the region, poor testing at entry point, poor data capturing into clients’ folders, inadequate counselors at ART sites and the situation where some facilities still refer positive pregnant women.

 

Touching on the way forward, he announced that there should be intensified prevention strategies targeted at key population, scaling up of DSD to every facility, intensive supportive visits to sites, and the need to train more counselors. Meanwhile, there are three (3) Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) mainly involved in HIV activities in the region thus Hope For All who deals with FSW, Life Relief Foundation dealing with FSW and MARITIME dealing with MSM.

 

 

 

 

Story: From Seth AMEYAW DANQUAH, TAKORADI, WESTERN REGION

 

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