HIV rises among pregnant women

As at 2014, the figures stood at 1.6 to 1.8, but rose to 2.4 in 2016.

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There has been an increase in the Antenatal care (ANC) prevalence rate among pregnant women and this may threaten the country’s move towards achieving the 2016-2020 national HIV strategic plan.

The Programs Manager for the National HIV control program Dr Stephen Ayisi Addo said the figure has increased because Ghanaians are becoming complacent about the threat of the disease.

“We have noticed that the prevalence rate among pregnant women is increasing this means there is something happening as far as new infections are concerned but if you take the general population is still 1.6. Amongst people who are high risk, like men who have sex with men, is over 17 percent.”

“Female sex workers, because of the nature of their work is about 6 percent. We noticed that the increase is about the fact that now people have become complacent thinking that HIV is no more formidable or it is not even there again and it is not serious but the issue is very serious,” he told Accra-based Citi FM.

“We have also realized that condom utilization has also reduced significantly over the past 3 to 4 years and even with the female condoms it is not patronized at all and it’s also a reason for the increase.”

“Because of all these, we are introducing different initiatives as we want to intensify the provider initiative testing and counselling which will help us achieve the (9090) target. The first 90 is to make sure that about 90 people know their status and to do this you need to test the people but you can’t just be testing anybody so the attention Will be on people who are likely to be positive so that we get them on treatment,” Dr Ayisi Addo added.

He has, therefore, urged Ghanaians to often check their status and seek early treatment if need be.

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