Research shows that young people between the ages 15-24 are most affected by HIV / AIDS and a sizable number of them are girls reported to be falling pregnant which is a sign that they do not use protection. It is also imperative that our youth be consistently encouraged to use protective measures to prevent HIV infections. Prevention remains the Cornerstone of ending AIDS. We will not be able to treat ourselves out of the pandemic, only adopting appropriate behavior reduces the need for treatment.
In the context of COVID-19, HIV facility visits should be limited to those deemed medically essential, to reduce the risk and burden to recipients of care and health care providers. Some facilities may consider providing services for PLHIV and other chronic illnesses in the community to reduce risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection in health facilities, either using community health workers to deliver care or in makeshift clinics in the community.
“Communities make the difference” , A recognition of the essential role that communities have played and continue to play, as well as seeks to mobilize communities to accelerate towards the ending of AIDS.
The impact of this funding, according to the Eswatini HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS 2), has seen a drastic decline of new HIV infections in the kingdom by almost half (44%) from 2.5 per cent to 1.4 per cent among adults (ages 18-49 years).
“From these numbers, how do we get to the people; how do we disseminate these results and make sense to them. Let us go and engage our front-line people and make them understand," said the PS in the Ministry of Health, Dr Simon Zwane.