An estimated 9500 people are living with HIV in Guyana, with 430 new cases recorded for the year so far, according to Programme Coordinator of the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS), Dr.Tariq Jagnarine.
Dr. Jagnarine told They Break News exclusively that of the people living with HIV, 94% of them are aware of their HIV status, while 72% of them have been receiving antiretroviral treatment. Further, he stated that 30% of the people living with HIV have achieved viral suppression.
He said a significant portion of persons diagnosed with the virus comprises young adults. This reality has prompted the NAPS to intensify efforts in sex education and sensitization among children and adults.
World AIDs Day 2022 will be observed on December 1. In observance, the Ministry of Health through NAPS will be hosting the first ever Continuing Medical Education (CME) HIV/STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) conference under the theme ‘Equalise’ on December 4. The event will be held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre from 09:00 hours to 13:30 hours.
Dr. Jagnarine indicated that the conference aims to bring the relevant stakeholders in the fight against HIV together to review best practices and new guidelines and charter a way forward.
The conference will also be opened to the public, and people can access the necessary HIV/STI testing services free of cost.
In 2021, it was estimated that 9,022 persons were living with HIV with 71 new cases registered in that same year.