From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
Today is World Aids Day
By Aruna Turay
Dec 1, 2010, 17:08

Sierra Leone will today Wednesday 1st December 2010 join the rest of the world to commemorate World AIDS Day.

Public Relations Officer for the National AIDS Secretariat (NAS) Sierra Leone, Abubakarr Kargbo said they have designed series of events to mark the day.

He said the commemoration actually started on the 27th November 2010 and will end tomorrow 2nd December 2010.

We have erected HIV voluntary testing and counseling post at the Miatta Conference Center, Youyi Building in Freetown, he said, adding that they are targeting thirty thousand people for free voluntary testing and counseling.

So far, four thousand people have gone through voluntary testing and counseling in the western area alone, he said, noting that the process is still ongoing. According to him, a march past procession would be held this morning commencing from the Victoria Park onto the Youyi Building premises where distinguished personalities are going to address participants on issues pertaining HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Kargbo pointed out that the HIV/AIDS prevalence in Sierra Leone is presently very low with only 1.5% (forty eight thousand) people affected with the virus.

He said a large percentage of these people are going through their ARV treatment in the one hundred and eleven HIV treatment centers across the country.

He said with supports from their donors, by 2015, NAS is determined to ensure that Sierra Leone becomes HIV/AIDS free.

The NAS Spokesman called on those affected with the virus to continue to take their treatments. He also admonished those with the perception that HIV/AIDS is not real to visit the Miatta Conference and see for themselves people living with the virus.

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