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– VCT programmes recognised as crucial Even as moves are being made to transition the national HIV/AIDS fight into the financial care of government, diligent efforts are being sustained to ensure that infected persons continue to receive treatment.This is according to Programme Manager of the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS),Paul Millsap Hawks Jersey, Dr Shanti Singh, who intimated to this publication that “we want people living longer and healthier lives…If there is continued treatment, then there is viral suppression, and the likelihood of infection from that source is reduced.”NAPS Programme Manager, Dr Shanti SinghAccording to Dr Singh, the efforts towards ensuring that there is treatment will ultimately translate to the availability of anti-retroviral therapy (ART).The World Health Organisation has outlined that standard ART consists of the combination of at least three antiretroviral drugs to maximally suppress the HIV virus and stop the progression of the HIV epidemic. In fact, it has been noted that reductions have been seen in rates of death and suffering when use is made of a potent ARV regimen, particularly in the early stages of the disease.Dr Singh said that moves to ensure that Guyana’s National AIDS Programme remains vibrant are currently engaging the attention of a HIV ‘Guidelines Working’ Committee, which commenced work some two weeks ago.  The Committee will be tasked with examining various elements that could help improve the fight against HIV/AIDS while simultaneously using estimates to look and project the increase of financial cost which will be incurred by the national programme.A complete report on the global HIV epidemic,Colorado Rockies Jerseys, based on the 2012 Estimates, will be published by the United Nations AIDS Programme (UNAIDS) in time for the UN General Assembly next month on the Mid-Term Review of the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS. In fact, estimates will now be developed for countries on an annual basis,Marc Staal Rangers Jersey, as opposed to biennially,Kevin Shattenkirk Jersey, as was previously the case.And according to Dr Singh, “we will have some good information hopefully at the end of September when we conclude our national AIDS pending assessment which we will disseminate.”It is her conviction that moves by the local health sector, with the support of both Governmental, Non-Governmental and International Organisations, to adopt Voluntary HIV Counselling and Testing programmes, have been instrumental in significantly reducing the recorded cases of AIDS.AIDS is recognised as the advanced state of HIV which without treatment can weaken the immune system, making those infected more vulnerable to other infections and diseases. This susceptibility is known to worsen as the disease progresses.Guyana detected its first AIDS case in 1987, a state of affairs that continued until 1997, affecting primarily the male population,Pascal Dupuis Adidas Jersey, according to Dr Singh.However, the following year, Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) programmes were introduced, and this move was instrumental in a noticeable reduction in the number of AIDS cases and an increase in the diagnosis of HIV cases instead. By this time too, the ratio of male to female contracting the disease was almost equal, according to Dr Singh.She disclosed that while over the years there was a mixed trend in such cases reported to the Ministry of Health,Lonzo Ball UCLA Jersey, a peak in the cases was observed in 2006 when in excess of 12,000 were recorded. However, by 2009 there was a constant yearly reduction of cases, according to the AIDS Programme Manager.And from the inception of the epidemic, it was the most productive within the national workforce that were found to be infected with the disease which, Dr Singh said, gave credence to the notion that targeting this faction of the society must be ongoing.Moreover, she explained that the prioritisation, in terms of looking at the affected sector, has led to some of the excellent work that was done, and is still being done, by the Ministry of Labour in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation, the Guyana Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS and other agencies that work within the private sector.This collaboration was instrumental in realising a total of 649 cases that were reported within the combined age group of 20–49 by the end of 2012.According to Dr Singh, the 649 cases accounted for about 80 per cent of all cases recorded by the Health Ministry in 2012.  She revealed, too, that most of those infected over the years were found within the Region Four parameter, a state of affairs which obtained from the inception of the epidemic.  She disclosed that although the Population Census of 2002 reflected that Region Four accounted for 41.3 per cent of the national population, 63.3 per cent of the HIV cases were recorded in that region.
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