Kent County Health Department offering free walk-in HIV testing

President Nyusi makes his remarks at ICASA. Courtesy

President Nyusi makes his remarks at ICASA. Courtesy

According to local daily the Borneo Bulletin on Tuesday, the health minister said Brunei has health centers and hospitals across the country that can detect HIV infection and provide ART (antiretroviral therapy) treatment, which although may not completely cure the infection, it can strengthen the immune system of the patient against other infections and enable the patient to have a normal life.

In the UNAIDS reports it was disclosed there was an alarming 13,384 new cases of HIV infections in 2018.

De Guia said the number of HIV cases has risen by 203 percent since 2010.

The high-level session themed "Leadership of African First Ladies in the fight against HIV and AIDS", took place on the sidelines of the 20th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) and brought together about 10 000 delegates from across Africa.

Earlier, the CHR joined the rest of the world in commemoration of World AIDS Day 2019 on Sunday.

At an global AIDS conference, the World Health Organization chief said in 2018, 770,000 people died from HIV and 1.7 million people were newly infected and the vast majority of these cases and deaths occurred in Africa. "The total number of reported deaths related to HIV/AIDS since 1986 is 59, while the number of people living with HIV today is 219", the country's Head of the Disease Control Division at the Department of Environmental Health Services Justin Wong said.

"It is important that we commemorate the lives lost by continuing to take strides forward in AIDS research and working towards greater awareness and eliminating the disease one step at a time, " she ended.

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