Togo: HIV prevalence rate down in Togo

Lome, Togo (PANA) - The prevalence rate of HIV in Togo has fallen from 5 per cent to 2.3 per cent over the last 13 years, the National AIDS Committee (CNLS) has announced.

Togo, which wants to halt and reverse the spread of HIV and contribute to achieving the objectives set globally has opted for a "strong" mobilization and also undertaken to undertake a comprehensive prevention and care programme, Prof. Vincent Pitché, president of CNLS said on World AIDS Day which fell on Monday.

The planned actions include conducting a campaign aimed at raising awareness of at least three million people, especially young people, distributing 600,000 male condoms and 60,000 female condoms to get them to behave responsibly and avoid contracting or transmitting diseases.

The other big challenge for Togo is to ensure real treatment for patients who are facing shortage of anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs and facilitate people's access to drugs and health centres in remote areas, according to Prof. Pitché.
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02 december 2014 20:03:38




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