Even the National Aids Secretariat (NAS) itself is in uncertainty about the exact figure, regarding people living with HIV/AIDS in The Gambia.
However, an outline of the country’s HIV/AIDS picture, as recently painted by NAS boss, should serve as a call for caution against HIV/AIDS.
The number of people living with the virus in the country is now hovering over 28,000 to 29,000 people, NAS boss Ousman Badjie told Coffee Time With Peter Gomez lately.
Meanwhile, listening to Badjie’s conversation with host Aji Jacob Khan, one could not fail to grasp the magnitude of the HIV/AIDS threat to the population.
But there’s good news!
Mr. Badjie used the platform to spread the joyful tidings that the virus is not a death sentence as it used to be feared because HIV/AIDS patients can now receive treatment and continue with life.
There’s though this concern he raised and that’s that people were not voluntarily turning out to know their HIV/AIDS status.
Indeed, this should be a premise for concern of monumental proportion because treatment cannot be administered when statuses are not determined.
But didn’t they say Fagaru Mo Ghen Faju?
If prevention is indeed more advisable, why not!
Meanwhile emboldened by our latest negative HIV/AIDS test results, we urge you too, to go and test because you never know!
HIV/AIDS threat is still real in The Gambia!