A campaign to sensitize more than 20,000 organized forces on HIV and AIDs in Bor, Jonglei state is due to take place at Malual-Chaat Military Barack next week.
According to the South Sudan AIDs Commission, Jonglei is among the states where the rate of HIV and AIDs is alarming – with population of 1.3 percent tested positive.
The deputy chair of South Sudan AID Commission, Dr. Achol Ayom Dor, called on various organized forces together with their families to show-up for HIV testing that day.
“For us to get rid of this virus, we have to take good care of the army. This is because the army is mobile. They move from place to place and usually they don’t move with their wives,” she said.
The HIV/AIDs prevalence in South Sudan was estimated at 2.4% in 2017, showing a 0.3% reduction as compared to 2016.
According to the Ministry of Health, the rate of HIV infection reduced due to improved health services including scale up of Anti-retroviral Therapy coverage and prevention of mother-to-child infection services.
However, a recent study in Juba has found that 14% of HIV and AIDs patients die within 12 months of diagnosis due to late treatment.
The report titled: “Late entry to HIV and AIDS care and treatment, Juba Teaching Hospital,” aims to characterize late HIV diagnoses and initiation of treatment among patients.
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