The Ghana AIDS Commission has encouraged Ghanaians to know their status.
The Ghana Aids Commission is set to embark on a door-to-door HIV Aids education and HIV testing across parts of the country. This a part of a strategy by the Commission to encourage people to know their statuses, get tested and seek treatment. The target is to get at least 90 percent of people educated about the need to get tested and subsequently seek treatment if found to be affected.
At a capacity building workshop organized for a section of the Eastern and Volta press in Ho, the Ghana AIDS Commission encouraged Ghanaians to know their status. “There are three broad areas we are looking at. One is to increase test rate, ensuring that those who test positive are put on treatment and the third is to ensure that by the year 2020 people who are HIV and are put on treatment will have their viral load suppressed,” the Eastern Regional technical support Coordinator, Golda Asante, said. According to her, the door-to-door campaign should help in encouraging persons to get tested.
In her view, society must desist from discriminating and stigmatizing against persons living with HIV. According to her, such actions lead to isolation and deter the victims from seeking treatment. The door-to door-campaign and testing is being piloted in areas such as Akuapem ridge, Kwahu and Krobo areas.