By Gloria Amoh
The Ghana HIV AIDS Network will embark on a health walk on Saturday, November 25, to create awareness about HIV self-testing in Ghana.
The health walk will be held on November 25, 2023, organized by GHANET and partners to create more awareness about HIV/AIDS, particularly the blood-based method, ahead of this year’s World AIDS Day, which is on December 1.
The walk will start from Ayi Mensa at 0600 hours and later end at Peduase, where there will be solidarity statements from government officials, development partners, civil society organizations, and people living with HIV.
Some dignitaries include Prof. Francis Kasolo, a country representative; Mr. Daniel Crau-Selka, PEP; and Madam Jennifer Dede Afagbedzi, the Municipal Chief Executive of LA Nkwantanang, Madina.
Parts of the press release mentioned that “only about 72% of the estimated 354,000 persons living with HIV in Ghana know their HIV status. This means about 100,000 people living with HIV are not aware of their status and may be inadvertently spreading the virus”.
The president of the Ghana HIV AIDS Network (GHANET), Mr. Ernest Amoabeng Ortsin, said in a statement dated November 20, 2023, that some of the side attractions include an onsite brass band, onsite face painting, live gyama music, love instructor-led aerobics, free condom distribution, free s3lf-testing kita, photo opportunities, social networking, and a kenkey party.
Mr. Ernest also stated that a similar walk will be held across the country in the regional capitals, and so he is inviting the public to participate in it.