Thursday, 18 October 2012

HIV, AIDS, and Sexually Transmitted Infections

Every 24 hours, an estimated 7,000 people are infected with HIV, and more than 1 million contract a sexually transmitted infection . Currently, an estimated 33.3 million people are living with HIV, and in Sub-Saharan Africa—the region hit hardest by the pandemic—the majority of 15- to 24-year-olds living with HIV are female. Today, 23% of all people living with HIV are under age 24, while 35% of all new infections happen among people between 15 to 24 years of age. Clearly, the need for quality HIV, AIDS, and STI services is more important than ever.
While HIV treatment is becoming more widely available in developed countries, such treatment still eludes many people living in the world’s poorest communities. Currently, health care systems in most of the developing world struggle to provide even the most basic health services. In these places, not only is medication often unavailable, but health care providers are not adequately trained to help clients prevent HIV or STIs or to treat or counsel men and women living with HIV or AIDS. Additionally, health workers often discriminate against people living with HIV and perpetuate the stigma surrounding HIV in their workplaces and communities.
EngenderHealth is addressing these inequities in care by training healthcare providers, improving health services, and advocating for national policies that respond to the needs of people living with HIV. EngenderHealth is:
By joining forces with government health ministries, community-based organizations, and local health facilities, EngenderHealth is implementing HIV and AIDS programs that are effective and sustainable in countries such as EthiopiaGhanaIndiaKenyaSouth AfricaTanzaniaUganda, among others.

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