‘Women fear pregnancies more than HIV’

Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ghana AIDS Commission Mr. Kyeremeh Atuahene, has revealed that Ghanaian women are more afraid of being pregnant, than they are of contracting HIV.

According to him, Ghana’s HIV infection rate is still pretty high despite the fact that there have been many awareness campaigns on how one contracts HIV.

“Women now fear pregnancy than HIV… Anecdotally, you can realise that Ghanaians are becoming more and more exposed to this virus. Those who are co-habiting are those who contribute to most of the infections.” he said.

Mr. Kyeremeh stated that people “prone” to infection are those who have risky behaviours. He urged Ghanaians to get tested so they know their HIV status.

“The best way to reduce the risk of someone who has HIV transmitting it is for infected people to take anti-retro-viral drugs. We want to test as many people as possible so that we know the number of people who have the virus in the country. It’s important to know your HIV status as early as possible so that it does not progress into AIDS. We are doing targeted testing, so we are looking for people under such conditions,” he added.

The best way to prevent infection according to Mr. Atuahene is to use condoms when necessary.

Writer’s Email: Elizabeth.amarfio@todaygh.com

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