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AIDS: WHO launches one-dollar tests

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(ANSA) – ROME, JUL 28 – WHO has announced a do-it-yourself HIV test that will be available in developing countries at a cost of one dollar, an initiative that aims to facilitate the diagnosis and prevention of disease at a time when, according to the United Nations HIV Program, “the global response to AIDS is in serious danger”. If we don’t make rapid progress, we will lose ground, as the disease finds fertile ground with the pandemic, mass population displacements and other crises. So if we don’t act, there could be millions of deaths, “said Unaids executive director Winnie Byanyima.

Despite the availability of adequate diagnoses and treatments, it is estimated that 5.9 million HIV-positive people worldwide are unaware of their status. The one-dollar test therefore aims to facilitate diagnosis in public health institutions, as well as in community and private institutions.

Globally, the number of new infections fell by just 3.6 percent between 2020 and 2021, “the lowest annual decline in new HIV infections since 2016,” according to the WHO. (HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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