Gambia records 1, 207 HIV cases in 9 months

Hiv_resultGambia Network of Aids Support Societies (GAMNASS) president Samba Sey, has disclosed last week that a total of 1, 207 HIV cases were recorded across the country from January to September of 2018, excluding Bundung.

He said out of the total, Banjul and Serrekunda recorded the highest number of people infected

Mr. Sey said 30, 134 persons received HIV test from January to September, 29, 572 of them know their status and 1, 207 were tested positive.

He said GAMNASS is the umbrella body of HIV support societies in The Gambia and it coordinates the activities of members and provide leadership in their involvement in the National response to HIV/AIDs.

According to him, GAMNASS has been identified as a sub-recipient of the GF/RCTO project from the 1st January 2017 to 31 December 2019 through the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC). “In June, 2018 June alone, we recorded 186 people infected with the virus. I am urging people to be careful because HIV/AIDS still exist in the country.”

He appealed to people to go for voluntary testing to confirm their status, saying those who inherit wives should also confirm their status first.

Ebrima Sarr also called on people to join in their crusade and awareness raising about the infection, saying that GAMNASS cannot do it alone. He also called on the Government to invest in HIV treatment.