Ghana records rise in HIV cases among pregnant women – NACP Author James Amoh Junior SHAREFACEBOOKTWITTERLINKEDINWHATSAPPTELEGRAM Tema, October 30, GNA – Dr. Stephen Ayisi Addo, national AIDS/STI program director

Ghana records rise in HIV cases among pregnant women NACP Author James Amoh Junior SHAREFACEBOOKTWITTERLINKEDINWHATSAPPTELEGRAM Tema, October 30, GNA Dr. Stephen Ayisi Addo, national AIDS/STI program director Experts say the increasing number of HIV infections among pregnant women across the country is due to increased confidence in the fertility of people living with HIV. According to him, analysis of data from a pivotal survey conducted in 2020 shows that women who have had multiple pregnancies have a higher incidence of the disease than their first pregnancies, in part because they believe ‘they can give birth to a healthy baby. He further noted, the study found that the overall rate of antenatal care (PNC) clients was two percent, and among those with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, among other patients, is ten percent by 2020 Data from the report HIV Estimates and AIDS Forecasts also shows that 5,200 new HIV infections have been recorded in 014 children out of the total population’ Approx. 19,000 people in 2020 and of those, 82% are women, including pregnant women. Since the first case of HIV infection in 1986, by the end of 2020, there are 346,120 people living with HIV in the country, of which 66% are women and about 8% are children from 014 years old.Dr Ayisi Addo, speaking at the seventh edition of the Workshop on Stakeholder Engagement and Employee Appreciation organized by the Tema Regional Office of the Ghana News Agency said for Until now, people who tested positive and became pregnant assumed that their baby would automatically become positive, often resulting in babies being abandoned. . Stakeholder participation is a deployed platform for state and non-state agencies to address national issues and an incentive mechanism for recognizing journalists’ contributions to With the general national development and growth, promoting TEMA GNA as an industry information center. He said that HIV prevents fertility and that the fertility of people who test positive and are untreated is reduced by the effects of the virus, adding that with treatment, “some people twins in good health”.“Due to the elimination of the mother-to-child transmission program, in which certain interventions were administered to HIV-infected mothers to prevent transmission to their infants, they produced more HIV-negative children. more, which is great for an “HIV” control program, he said. However, he says this confidence and self-assurance makes people living with HIV think they can have more children at that time, and once that happens, the risk of reinfection and re-infection is increased. mate is still there. He reiterated that the risk still exists because transmission can occur during labor and delivery and during breastfeeding and said that if a woman is not compliant with the medications, it can lead to to an even higher risk of transmission to the neonate. He said that to address this worrying trend, family planning services and education must be expanded to prevent unwanted pregnancies among people living with HIV and need to empower women to easily vulnerable so that they are more assertive in the face of potential sources of infection. Mitigating this trend further, he said the NACP is working with the coordinating agencies, the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection, Education and Health to help them free themselves from HIV, and emphasizes that “when you take emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy, not for STIs and HIV because the pill only prevents pregnancy. Dr. Ayisi Addo explains that “the face of HIV has changed for the better thanks to treatment, but by ensuring that people lead normal lives and don’t think that HIV is no longer a problem , that they neglect and propagate it, education must be strengthened”. This source is

Ghana records rise in HIV cases among pregnant women NACP Author James Amoh Junior SHAREFACEBOOKTWITTERLINKEDINWHATSAPPTELEGRAM Tema, October 30, GNA Dr. Stephen Ayisi Addo, national AIDS/STI program director

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