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HIV infections on the increase due to galamsey activities — Ghana AIDS Commission

The commission claims that the galamsey threat has forced the public to partake in indiscriminate and unprotected sex.

Director-General of the AIDS Commission Dr. Kyeremeh Atuahene stated “The galamsey threat has the potential to significantly increase new infections and impede efforts to further the elimination objective. According to a recent study that evaluated the effects of national resource extraction projects on the risks of HIV transmission in local communities in sub-Saharan nations, including Ghana, mine openings nearly double the likelihood of HIV infections.”

“It also found that new mine openings were connected with increased risky sexual behaviors like as multiple partners, high-risk sexual partners, and unprotected sex with high-risk partners,” he said in remarks made at a ceremony in Accra to commemorate World AIDS Day.

23,495 persons tested positive for HIV in the first half of 2022, according to data from the National STIs and HIV/AIDS Control Programme.

The figure represents 2% of the 948,094 individuals who underwent HIV testing between January and June 2022, according to Dr. Stephen Ayisi Addo, program manager for the national STIs and HIV/AIDS control program.

He said that the majority of the 23,495 individuals who tested positive have now started receiving HIV treatment.

As a result, a network of organizations in charge of the nation’s HIV and AIDS response has started to engage national stakeholders as part of procedures to review interventions for better results.

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