Health authorities in the Ashanti Region say increasing number of persons living with HIV/AIDS are reluctant to undergo treatment

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Health authorities in the Ashanti Region say increasing number of persons living with HIV/AIDS are reluctant to undergo treatment after testing positive for the disease.

Most of them show up at the facility only at a crisis stage when they have little chance of survival.

Ashanti regional coordinator of HIV-AIDS, Dr. Thomas Agyarko-Poku, blames stigmatization for the worrying trend.

He was speaking in Kumasi at the launch of a policy document for charting a new strategic course for the prevention of mother-to child transmission.

Luv FM’s Mahmud Mohammed-Nurudeen reports about 16,000 people are known to be living with HIV in the Ashanti Region.

The region is said to be one of the highest in terms of the prevalent rates.

Dr Agyako Poku said about 80% of those diagnosed are on treatment but the patients soon go into hibernation until the virus gets to a precarious situation.

“The good news is that from 1st October, Ghana is going to implement a policy called treat all. In a situation where anybody with the virus will be put on treatment within one week,” he said.

Dr Poku added the country is also going to implement a policy to fight the canker.

“Ghana is also moving towards a 90-90-90 agenda which means 90% of individuals who are HIV positive should know their status; 90% of those who know their status and test positive should be put on medication and 90% of those who are on medication should be seen to be doing well,” he explained.

Meanwhile the region is making progress in the elimination of the mother to child transmission.

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