LSACA MOVES TO CURB STIGMATIZATION OF HIV PATIENTS

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Dr Oluseyi Temowo, CEO, Lagos State AIDS Control Agency (LSACA)                  
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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Lagos AIDS Control Agency (LSACA), Dr. Oluseyi Temowo has called on Lagosians to stop stigmatization of HIV infected persons.

Speaking at a press briefing to mark Y2017 World AIDS Day,  Dr. Temowo said this year’s theme “Right to Health: Making it happen” was a call on all policymakers, individuals and everyone within the society to respect the rights of every citizen irrespective of their health status.

He emphasised the need for policy implementation to focus on making the issue of stigmatisation a thing of the past.

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1st to remember those that had died of the scourge, those living with it and to take stock of various interventions as well as chart ways of ending it.

He said that LSACA will mark the Y2017 World AIDS Day with a “Walk for HIV” campaign and HIV Tests in some markets in the State, in continuation of HIV tests earlier conducted among members of some organisations including NURTW with the objective of achieving the set target of eradicating the virus in Lagos State by 2030, using the 90–90–90 initiative.

The initiative is focused at ensuring that 90 percent of people living with HIV ascertain their status, 90 percent of those that test positive access anti-retroviral treatment and 90 percent of those on anti-retroviral treatment have suppressed viral load.

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