December 1st of each year is celebrated worldwide, World AIDS Day (WWD).
As far as activities are concerned, the World AIDS Day 2018 will be marked in Togo through a screening and direct care campaign in three health regions of the country: Lomé-Commune, Maritime and Plateaux. The campaign aims to strengthen the prevention of transmission and management of HIV and the distribution of over 300,000 male condoms and 30,000 female condoms, "said Vincent PITCHE and clarified that these three regions are the most affected HIV in Togo.
The prevalence of the disease in 2017 in the country is 2.1% in Togo. According to CNLS-IST, the HIV epidemic in Togo is generalized and feminized, with a two-fold higher prevalence among men (1.7%). The trend is confirmed for girls aged 15-19, where it is 4 times higher (0.4%) than for young boys of the same age (0.1%).
The Permanent Secretariat of the National Council for Fighting AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (SP / CNLS-IST) through the National AIDS Control Program (PNLS) wants to mark the event this year with a special stamp. That is why the National AIDS Coordination and Monitoring Body communicated on Monday, November 26, 2018, the different activities that will be held on this day at national level.
For this 30th World AIDS Day, Tohoun is the capital of the Prefecture of Mono Middle (Plateaux), which will host the celebrations. According to CNLS-IST National Coordinator Vincent PITCHE, this day in Togo will give rise to the main speech of the Togo response to HIV and will allow the country to assess the epidemiological situation, progress and progress. to present the international context of the fight against AIDS. "World AIDS Day is an opportunity to commemorate people who have died and to raise awareness of the dangers of AIDS and the HIV pandemic. This feast renews the individual and collective commitment to solidarity with people living with HIV" he suggested.
"Know Your Status" is the theme of this 30th World Day against HIV / AIDS. It will give the authorities responsible for fighting this pandemic the opportunity to highlight the importance and severity of AIDS. "This year, JMS has a major concern to help encourage everyone to become aware of its serological status. Screening is at the heart of prevention and treatment," added Vincent PITCHE.
The number of people living with HIV (PLWHA) in Togo is 105,000. Of these, CNLS-IST claims that 69,466 are enrolled in treatment institutions and 59,752 HIV-positive people (adults, adolescents and children) are treated with antiretroviral therapy (ARV).