Thursday, September 29, 2022

Awareness programme on HIV&AIDS in Wokha

An awareness programme on “HIV&AIDS, promotion of HIV&AIDS testing, prevention and treatment cum community-based screening on HIV&AIDS, syphilis, hepatitis C, blood grouping and diabetics” was conducted on August 21 at N. Longidang village, under Wokha district.
In a press release, DRP, NUN LWS Wokha, Patrick W. Tungoe informed that the programme was organised by Nagaland Users’ Network (NUN) TI and NUN LWS Wokha in collaboration with District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU) Wokha, HSCMC N. Longidang, SC N. Longidang and AYUSH Health & wellness Centre (HWC) N. Longidang supported by Nagaland Health Project (NHP) and Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) with an objective to reach the 95:95:95 UN AIDS target by 2030.
DPO, DAPCU Wokha, Lichumo Odyuo said stigma and discrimination were major challenges that people living with HIV&AIDS faced.
These, he said, were reflected in negative labeling, separation of personal belongings, avoidance, loss of status, and social rejection within families and communities limiting their willingness to disclose their HIV status and seek health care.
DPO said according to HIV&AIDS Prevention and Control Act, 2017, discrimination against People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) could also lead to imprisonment.
In this regard, he urged upon the community to do away with social stigma and discrimination.
Odyuo said the HIV&AIDS scenario in Nagaland and the data showed that among 29,837 HIV positive patients as per NSACS data, 12.8% were from 15-24 age group, 39.1% from 25-34 age group, 35.1% from 35-49 age group and 8.5% from 50 years and above.
During the community-based screening and testing at N. Longidang village, 65 RBF, 61 blood grouping, 72 HIV (all non-reactive) and 72 syphilis were tested.