To kick-start World AIDS Day, on Friday 1st December 2017, the President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr Danny Faure accompanied by the Minister for Health, Mr Jean Paul Adam, paid a quick visit to Anse Royale Hospital to do HIV screening test.
“This morning, President Faure set the example by doing the screening test,” Minister Adam said. “We all followed this example. It is something we all can do to show solidarity with people living HIV and also for us to be aware of our status.”
As part of the activities for the day, all the health centres across the country were promoting the rapid test, encouraging all members of the community to know their HIV status. This is one of the key strategies in reaching the 90-90-90 targets set by UNAIDS as a pathway to ending the epidemic by 2030.
The 90-90-90 targets aims to have by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV are accessing sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people accessing antiretroviral therapy are virally suppressed.
“We need everyone to come forward,” Minister Adam added, encouraging more people to do the test, which can be accessed freely at any health centre at all times. “If we all come forward and do our test, we will be able to end HIV/AIDS. Because, we will all know our status. And, this will also help us in treating people who are infected and in turn stop the spread of the disease.”
Others also came to the health centre to do the test. These include the Archbishop James Wong, the CEO of Health Care Agency, Dr Danny Louange, the CEO of National AIDS Council Dr Anne Gabriel, several studies from post-secondary institutions and members of the Police Force.
World AIDS Day is commemorated every year on 1st December. This year the theme is ‘My Health, My Right’. In line with this year’s theme and the aim to reach 90-90-90 by 2020, members of the community are encouraged to do their HIV test and help in stopping the spread of HIV.