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Thu, 23 Apr 2020 17:36 - Updated Thu, 23 Apr 2020 15:08

OIC NGO steps up HIV prevention test in risk groups

Lobito - The executive director of the Community Interaction Organization (CIO) Rodrigues Boano Tomás Wednesday said that the non-governmental organization will strengthen the awareness among homosexuals and sex workers in Benguela to increase access to HIV testing and reduce cases of AIDS infection.

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Rodrigues Boano Tomas, executive director of the Community Interaction Organization (OIC) in Benguela

Photo: Carlos Morony

In an interview to ANGOP, in Lobito, the official said that the strategies for the AIDS virus prevention goes now along with the information, education, communication and the forwarding of the target groups at the HIV testing centers, including the psychology support.

As the men who have sex with other men, known as HSH and the women who are sex workers, they are the infection risk group, Rodrigues Boano Tomás believes that the strengthen of the awareness will increase the adherence of those people into the testing of the human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV).

However, only last year, the “Ame a Vida project (Love Life project) of the non-governmental organization allowed the awareness of 1,462 new homosexuals comparing to 1,250 in 2017 and 2018 period related to the outbreaks identified in the municipalities of Benguela, Lobito, Catumbela, Baía Farta and Cubal. Of those, only 744 adhered the voluntary testing.

From the 744 tested men 14 had positive diagnosis due to the current sexual activity without the use of condom which correspond to a HIV positive rate of 1,8 per cent, being that the 12 who are infected with HIV are under antiretroviral treatment. 

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