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Congo: Prevalence rate of AIDS among Congolese women is 4.1%

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The head of the National Program against HIV / AIDS, Dr. Cécile Mapapa Miakassissa, revealed on Tuesday in Brazzaville that the prevalence rate among women is 4.1%.

Miakassissa was speaking at the opening of a training workshop for experts to strengthen their capacities in the management of comorbidities, including co-infections.
"In Congo, HIV remains a public health problem with a prevalence rate of 3.2% among people aged 15 to 49, with a feminization of the epidemic 4.1% among women, and 2.6% among men," said Miakassissa.
The three-day workshop is organized by the Universal Oath Association (ASU) and the National AIDS Control Program, in collaboration with the French Development Agency, the 5% AIDS Initiative and Expertise France. More generally, it aims to improve the quality of medical and psychological care for adolescents and girls living with HIV; promote, familiarize and finally, harmonize good practices between caregivers on taking these patients.
For the vice-president of the Universal Oath Association (ASU), this activity also finds its justification taking into account the revision of the guidelines relating to the use of antiretroviral drugs for the treatment and the prevention of the HIV but also , the implementation of the transition plan to Dolutegravir-based protocols validated by Congo.
"HIV infection remains a worrying concern worldwide." According to the UNAIDS 2019 report, the number of people living with HIV in the world is estimated at 37.9 million, including 36.2 million adults and 1.7 million children under the age of 15'', said the PNLS official.

-0- PANA MB/IS/KND/VAO 3Sept2019