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World Aids Day

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1st every year and this year’s theme is “Know Your Status”. According to UNAIDS data, at the end of 2017 there were approximately 36.9 million people globally who were living with HIV, with 1.8 million people being newly infected with HIV in 2017.  While significant progress has been made in AIDS response over the years, there are still hurdles to overcome, including reaching those persons who do not know their status, and linking people living with HIV to care and treatment.  Belize’s Annual HIV Statistical Report 2017, indicates that there are still more women getting tested than men, however, there were more males testing positive. This indicates the vital importance of the population, and in particular, males, getting to know their status in order to have timely access to treatment and care. The report also points out that, in Belize, there were 223 persons newly diagnosed with HIV Infection for 2017.  In lieu of this, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with other stakeholders, has planned activities across the various health regions to commemorate World AIDS Day 2018 and to foster public awareness on getting to know one’s status and accessing the necessary services.

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