More women than men get tested for HIV: Daughton

21 Dec 2016 08:32am
OMUTWE-WOMUNHU, 16 DEC (NAMPA) - Statistics have shown that more Namibian women than men get tested for HIV, as men are said to fear the results more.
This was revealed by United States (US) Ambassador to Namibia Thomas Daughton, during the official handing over of two of eight prefabricated community antiretroviral therapy (ART) container clinics to the Oupili and Omutwe-Womunhu communities in the Okongo District on Thursday.
In June 2016, Daughton handed over eight prefabricated containers to the Ministry of Health and Social Services in the Okongo District to be delivered to the various sites in the these communities.
Other communities that benefited from the initiative are Onamihinga, Onghalulu, Oshalumbu, Oshitishiwa, Olukula and Oshifitu.
The US government spent N.dollars 5.2 million on the eight fully furnished clinics.
Daughton commended these communities for having opened community-based medicine points in the absence of clinics, which helped reduce the time and cost ART patients spend traveling to clinics to get their treatment.
“You did more than just cut costs, you also helped reduce the stigma of being HIV positive, and as a result, people in Okongo live longer and have a better quality of life,” he said.
Daughton also said HIV patients in Oupili and Omutwe-Womunhu have surpassed the third 90 per cent target of the 90-90-90 target which United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS) aims to reach by the year 2020, with 97 and 98 per cent, respectably.
The targets aim to have 90 per cent of all people living with HIV know their HIV status by 2020. By the same year, 90 per cent of all people with diagnosed HIV infection should also be on sustained antiretroviral therapy. The third target is that 90 per cent of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression by 2020.