280,000 living with HIV/AIDS in Angola

Luanda - Nearly 280,000 people are infected with HIV/AIDS virus in the country, said the Health minister Silvia Lutucuta on Friday.

The minister, who quoted the Multiple Indicators and Health Survey (2015/2016IIMS), was addressing a central event to mark the World Aids Day.

Silvia Lutucuta put the current HIV prevalence at 02 percent.

The cumulative number of people treated with antiretroviral drugs from 2014 to December 2016 is 69,841, with antiretroviral drug coverage at 22 percent.

The minister also reiterated the country’s commitment to the global goal of eliminating AIDS epidemics by the year 2030.

She also spoke of UNAIDS intermediate targets by 2020, 90/90/90, ie to diagnose 90 percent of people with HIV.

This means to have 90% of people diagnosed with ART and 90% of people with ART have a suppressed viral load.

The official stressed that the international recommendations aims at encouraging the work on communities especially in times of scarce resources, giving priority to actions for the diagnosis of those who are most vulnerable to the infection and make use of new strategies for specific groups.

The document stresses that there are still large gaps in prevention, coupled with the overall decrease in donour financial resources.

The event gathered officials of Health Ministry, National Institute to Fight against AIDS, ANASO, UN representative in Angola, activist, UNAIDS, and other guests.