New Zealand launches world's first HIV positive sperm bank

12/03/2019 04:00 | NaN

New Zealand launches world's first HIV positive sperm bank

A Richmond clinic is celebrating their 20th anniversary of providing services for people affected by HIV and AIDS, and combating the virus' stigma just in time for World AIDS Day on December 1.

Previous year it was slightly up, at 199 people - but still a far cry from the epidemic's peak in the 1990s, when in 1996 more than 700 people were diagnosed in the province.

People living with HIV can not transmit the virus to others if they stay on treatment and the HIV virus is undetectable. If their sperm is requested, the intended receiver will be informed that the donor has HIV but that they have an undetectable viral load, meaning that the amount of the virus in the person's blood is so low that it can not be detected by standard methods and will not infect anyone through unprotected sex, or from one generation to the next.

President Trump mentioned he and First Woman Melania Trump are mourning the "lives lost" on World AIDS Day and reiterated his dedication that the scourge can be eradicated in a decade.

"We have already stepped up regular testing, and been encouraging increased condom use and starting people on treatment as soon as possible". More than one million people in the United States are living with HIV, according to the CDC.

ÚVZ added that early diagnostics and treatment can prolong the lives of HIV-infected people and improve the quality of their lives. He said these steps will go a long way in checking the spread of this disease.

26, the total number of people living in Taiwan with HIV/AIDS was 39,514.

Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat on Sunday called for concerted efforts to reduce the higher HIV/AIDS burden among Africa's vulnerable grown-up, mainly refugees, returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), as the continent marked World AIDS Day.

"We need to strengthen healthcare systems, so people with HIV continue receiving medication in an appropriate way", del Rio said.

The event which was attended by thousands of members of the surrounding communities, also presented a platform to evaluate progress achieved and take stock more work that is required in line with the vision of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.

"Having HIV or AIDS on the door or on a title of an organization doesn't always mean people are going to come to that organization for care or services because of the stigma", said Dan Guinn, vice president of AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.


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