Valley Health offers temporary free HIV tests

Valley Health offers temporary free HIV tests

According to her, the theme was in line with UNAIDS" "90-90-90' fast track targets in responding to the HIV epidemic and aims at ending AIDS by the year 2030 as well as the nation's quest to eliminate new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths. "We know we can't stop pushing ahead in terms of prevention, education and getting people linked to care".

This year's observance has significant objectives, which the ministry will design activities around to achieve.

CEO Candace Davidson explained the importance of Worlds Aids Day, saying: "It's a very significant and important day to us because it's a day where we acknowledge and remember the lives that we have lost over the past year". Despite this, people in the CNMI continue to be diagnosed with HIV; stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV/AIDS.

Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are programs and laws to support and protect people living with HIV.

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"I think people don't know their risks associated with HIV, they just assume that they don't have it", said Valley Health Executive Director Laura Spicer.

One of the few people to go public on their HIV status was Tendai Westerhof and her message remains 'know your status'.

The worldwide body says mortality among Pakistanis living with the virus, which causes the deadly AIDS disease, is also rising, in spite of the availability of lifesaving antiretroviral therapy.

"It also means that we must do everything possible to educate our people about the prevention of HIV and the imperative for testing, treatment and immediate linkages to care following an HIV diagnosis", Phipps concluded. "HIV/AIDS affects all of us".

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