Health news for Tuesday, November 6, 2018
The contributions of sex workers to new HIV infections in Ghana fell to about 18.5% in 2014, compared with the 31.1% rate in 2009, the Ghana AIDS Commission said.
This clearly suggests that intervention programs targeting sex workers as part of national AIDS control strategies have paid off.
However, the Commission is concerned that the prevalence among young people is very high because of "risk behavior" such as unprotected sex. There is also low knowledge of young people about the infection.
Speaking about Anopa Kasapa at Kasapa 102.5 FM on Monday, Ghanaian AIDS Commission's acting director Steve Kyeremeh Atuahene encouraged young people to check their lifestyles and also do voluntary testing to find out their HIV status.
He revealed: "The data clearly show that there is intergenerational sex arising as a result of poverty and other factors. Men and women practicing casual sex, and those in long-term relationships, contributed 58.9% of all new infections in Ghana.
According to him, for the country to reduce the new infection, there must be conscious efforts by all stakeholders to increase sustained and more strategic investment in HIV / AIDS, high political commitment and leadership, as well as very active community-based activities. intervention among others.