In a study in Central America, 28 per cent of people living with HIV in the region say they have experienced some form of violence in the last 12 months. It is critical to clarify how GBV may act as a barrier to accessing HIV testing, linking to and staying engaged in HIV care and treatment, as well as PrEP, not only to address violence against individual women and meet their HIV care needs, but to also achieve public health-oriented HIV epidemic control goals.
The global 95-95-95 ENDING AIDS target means that 95% of people living with HIV in Eswatini know their status, that 95% of those who know their HIV positive status are accessing treatment and that 95% of people on treatment have suppressed viral load. This means, an entire generation of children are likely to be born HIV free because of wide treatment coverage. This shows how great progress is made when governments commit to investing in the health of their people.
One major advise for women living with HIV is that integrating cervical screening into routine, six-monthly HIV care could mean that pre-cancerous cell changes are spotted early, therefore allowing for prompt treatment. A smart investment is to integrate cervical cancer screening and treatment services into HIV and sexual and reproductive health services. HIV platforms are ready-made entry points for low-cost cervical cancer services and wider health service coverage for young women and girls.
…Achieving an undetectable viral load does not mean you have been cured of HIV
After I begin treatment, how long does it take to reach undetectable status
Most people living with HIV who begin taking ART therapy immediately and daily as prescribed, achieve an undetectable viral load within the first six months after beginning treatment.
…………Regional Response teams ensure continuous service delivery
The Multisectoral HIV Response has also been hit hard by the pandemic, however, the plan is not to derail from the mandate. Covid-19 has been tough on all of us. As a response, we were not prepared for it and were forced to think out of the box.
With the multitude of achievements eSwatini has attained in the HIV response, most notable is providing treatment for People Living with HIV (PLHIV), mainly through domestic resources, and maintaining this commitment despite the fiscal challenges facing Government.
The ENDING AIDS AGENDA calls for our collective efforts in order to achieve our 2022 target. The 37 year journey has been a laborious one for us Emaswati as we battled with a pandemic that saw us claim the number one spot in the world for being the smallest country with a high HIV Prevalence.
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The second step is for People Living with HIV to ensure they record their status on all hospital admissions relating to COVID-19. This in turn will ensure that antiretroviral treatment (ART) is maintained during hospital stay, including during intensive care. Interrupting ART typically results in the rapid rebound of HIV replication, with a detrimental effect on immune and inflammatory responses that can complicate the management of COVID-19.
“It is unacceptable that, HIV remains the leading cause of death for women aged 15–49 years and that poor women and girls are denied the right to make decisions about their health and their bodies. Adolescent girls (aged 15 to 19 years) have experienced forced sex at some point in their lives. All women and girls must have the right to choose if they have sex, and with whom, and further given the right knowledge and information on how to protect themselves.