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HIV/AIDS testing higher among Ghanaian women than men – report

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Testing for HIV/AIDS is higher among Ghanaian women than in their male counterparts, the 2022 Ghana Demographic Health Survey (2022GDHS) report by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has said

The HIV/AIDS /Health Insurance sub-report released on Tuesday said 54 percent of females aged 15 to 49, have ever been tested for HIV, compared with 24 percent of the males within the same age range.

“HIV testing among women increased from seven percent in 2003 to 54 percent in 2022, and eight percent to 24 percent for men over the same period,” the report said.

Kyeremeh Atuahene, Director-General for the Ghana AIDS Commission, commented that the rate of improvement in overall AIDS awareness, access to services, and public education, was too slow.

Atuahene said although many people are aware of HIV/AIDS preventive and educational services, not all of them translate that knowledge into access.

On the other hand, he said the AIDS Commission is also limited in resources to carry out extension services as it did in the past, and the resource gap has been impacting preventive activities negatively.

“We are a resource-limited country. We do not have all the money we need to do everything we need to do. But we also have to prioritize HIV to ensure that we make the necessary investment in HIV prevention so that we save our country from any future HIV epidemic,” the director-general urged.

Hector Sucilla Perez, Ghana Country Director for the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), congratulated the GSS, Ghana Health Service, Ghana AIDS Commission, and other stakeholders for producing such a timely report.

“Considering these facts, the government of Ghana and the different stakeholders should pursue the sustainability of HIV strategic information initiatives to guide our national efforts,” he urged.

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