Accra, June 07, 2013
According to the 2012 National HIV Prevalence and Estimate Report, the estimated national HIV prevalence in 2012 is 1.37%. The report shows a reduction in adult national HIV prevalence in 2012 compared to 2011’s 1.50%.
The National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) says there has been a significant decrease in the national HIV prevalence in 2012 compared to 2011’s.
The NACP’s Programme Manager, Dr. Nii Akwei Addo indicated that, although HIV prevalence on the national scale is projected to gradually drop from I.37% to 1.12% by 2016, there is a major issue with the results of the survey.
The report estimates 235,982 persons living with HIV and AIDS with 7,991 new infections and 11,655 AIDS deaths in 2012.
The Ghana Aids Commission says although the report estimates a decrease in HIV and AIDS infection in 2012, in order to maintain the figures, more advocacy and awareness needs to be raised on preventive measures.
The Ghana AIDS commission says it is taking steps to attract private partnership in HIV/AIDS research.
The 2012 HIV Sentinel Survey (HSS) Report which was also released indicated that HIV prevalence is the highest in the Eastern Region which recorded 3.6% coming up once more to claim its first position in regional HIV prevalence in the country.
According to NACP, they are yet to find out what factors caused the Central Region to take the first position in HIV prevalence in 2012 however due to renewed efforts towards AIDS and HIV education prevalence has reduced in the Central Region.
HIV Prevalence in urban areas was also higher than in rural areas.
Deborah Smallie Lomotey / etvghana.com