Mauritius: New cases of HIV/AIDS decline in Mauritius

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The number of new cases of HIV/AIDS has shown a declining trend from 401 cases in 2011 to 194 in 2015 while the number of people living with HIV and AIDS in Mauritius is estimated to be around 9,200, according to the Health and Quality of Life Ministry.

Health Minister Anil Gayan on Friday indicated that as at date, some 2,500 people living with HIV and AIDS were receiving anti-retroviral therapy and 4,413 were enrolled for treatment and care with the health services at a cost of around 340 million Mauritian rupees (about US$3.4 million) annually.

Speaking on the Government’s commitment to eradicate HIV and AIDS, he affirmed that the National AIDS Committee’s ambition was to go beyond the UNAIDS target of 90–90–90, whereby by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV would know their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection would receive sustained anti-retroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving anti-retroviral therapy would have viral suppression.

"There is the need for everybody to know his HIV status," he stated, adding that "eliminating fear and self-stigmatization with a view to encouraging people to go for HIV testing and know their HIV status will be one of the main areas of focus of the National AIDS Committee".
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18 december 2015 08:17:02

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