World Aids Day – MSDFS encourages citizens to know their HIV status

World Aids Day – MSDFS encourages citizens to know their HIV status

The Ministry of Social Development and Family services has assured that it will continue to collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure a comprehensive and well-coordinated response so that no person is left behind.

On the occasion of World Aids Day today, the ministry stated that through its HIV coordinating unit, all partners in the fight against HIV/AIDS will continue to be provided with credible and immediate access to information about the MSDFS’ grants and services, inclusive of opportunities for psychosocial, entrepreneurial and adult education support.

Minister Donna Cox is encouraging people to know their HIV status and not be afraid of getting tested.

In a release, the ministry said Cox led by example and got herself tested at its HIV-Aids co-ordinating unit’s testing drive for staff and clients of the ministry.

It said the testing drive was one of the many activities hosted by the unit in achieving the first pillar of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target – that 90 per cent of all people living with HIV will know their status. Other activities included an online HIV-Aids ribbon hunt, an HIV knowledge passage, a virtual/phone competition and an online word search, all targeting ministry staff.

World Aids Day, held annually on December 1 since its first instalment in 1988, provides an opportunity to celebrate and support global efforts to prevent new HIV infections, increase HIV awareness and knowledge, and support those living with HIV-Aids.

For more information on HIV counselling and testing sites, call the ministry’s HIV Co-ordinating Unit at 623-2608 ext 1454 -1459 or visit the Ministry of Health’s website at health.gov.tt.

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