Over 43,000 Tested Positive For HIV – NAC Discloses
The National AIDS Commission (NAC) has disclosed that more than 43,000 persons have been tested positive for the HIV Virus in Liberia.
The Head of the Commission, Madam Theodosia Kolee, made the startling revelation over the weekend at the end of five-day intensive adolescence training of Peer Educators on HIV testing awareness in Sinkor, Monrovia.
Madam Kolee also pointed out that about 82 percent of people infected with the HIV virus in the country are young people.
She said based on statistics obtained by the NAC, it is important that young people get actively involved in creating public awareness about the dangers of the disease.
Madam Kolee said those who have been tested positive for HIV/AIDS are free to live a normal life in their communities but must keep taking their medications.
Madam Kolee called on the citizens and residents to do their individual HIV test so as to know their status. She stressed that being positive of HIV/AIDS is “no longer a death sentence.”
“Once you are tested positive, there is a possibility for you to live for a longer period of time if only you always take your medications on time and eat good food,” Commissioner Kolee added.
She also encouraged all HIV positive people in Liberia to seek free medications in all medical facilities in Liberia.
She told the participants to go into their various communities to serve as Ambassadors in creating public awareness in order for more young people to develop courage in doing their HIV/AIDS test.