Ghana recorded 17,774 new HIV infections in 2023 - Onlinetimesgh

Ghana recorded 17,774 new HIV infections in 2023

Data from the 2023 national and sub-national HIV and AIDS estimates and projections revealed that 17,774 people—comprising 6,457 males and 11,317 females—became newly infected with HIV in that year. This number includes 4,869 youth aged 15 to 24, 1,698 children under 15, 1,520 adolescents aged 10 to 19, and 16,076 adults over 15.

The Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, Dr. Kyeremeh Atuahene, announced this data in Accra on Wednesday. He highlighted a 14.8% decrease in new infections between 2013 and 2023, but noted that Ghana has not met its annual target of a 17% reduction over the last decade.

Looking forward, Ghana aims for a 41% reduction in new HIV infections between 2023 and 2030. Projections for 2023 indicate that 334,095 people in Ghana—115,891 males and 218,204 females—were living with HIV. The breakdown includes 17,550 children under 14, 16,381 adolescents aged 10 to 19, 33,245 young adults aged 15 to 24, and 316,545 adults aged 15 and above.

The HIV population in Ghana increased by 9% from 2013 to 2023 and is expected to rise by 6.8% by 2030. In 2023, 12,480 Ghanaians died from AIDS-related illnesses, despite available treatments to prevent the disease’s progression and related deaths.

Dr. Atuahene stated that Ghana and the global community are committed to achieving the 95-95-95 targets by 2025, which aim for 95% of people living with HIV to know their status, 95% of those diagnosed to receive antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 95% of those on ART to attain viral suppression. In 2023, Ghana achieved 65.3% for the first target, and 69.4% and 89.0% respectively for the second and third targets. Most individuals living with HIV in Ghana are between the ages of 15 and 49, a crucial economically active segment of the population.

Dr. Atuahene emphasized that ending the AIDS epidemic in Ghana should be a national priority.

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