HIV/AIDS

We are also here to raise awareness and fight against the spreading of HIV / AIDS.

In many parts of Africa, as elsewhere in the world, the AIDS epidemic is aggravated by social and economic inequalities between men and women.
Women and girls commonly face discrimination in terms of access to education, employment, credit, health care, land and inheritance.
These factors can all put women in a position where they are particularly vulnerable to HIV infection.
In sub-Saharan Africa, around 59% of those living with HIV are female. The proportion is even more inequitable for young people, with women making up 70% of young people in the region living with HIV.

Statistics from the UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) country officer in The Gambia has revealed that between 18,000 to 24,000 people are living with HIV and the AIDS disease in the country, and for more than two decades now about 500 people died annually of HIV and AIDS and related diseases.

Despite the disturbing statistics, the country has made huge achievements in the fight against the disease.

This was revealed ActionAid International -The Gambia, which is actively involved in the fight against HIV and AIDs in The Gambia.

In many African countries, sexual relationships are dominated by men, meaning that women cannot always practice safer sex even when they know the risks involved.

The Gambia has registered major in-roads in its fight against HIV and AIDS through efforts geared towards strengthening HIV and AIDS response programmes.

Over the years the prevalence of HIV in the Gambia has been fluctuating from 1.4% to 2%. The highest rate of 2.8% was registered in 2006 and after that it keeps on fluctuation within its normal level of 1 to 2%. The first case of HIV in the Gambia was diagnosed in 1986.

Heterosexual transmission, however, continues to be the main mode of spread of HIV in Gambia

One can have HIV and AIDS and still be living and going about his/her normal daily activities. Having HIV is not a death sentence.

People who have been living with the disease for about 35 years, but they are taking the HIV treatment, and by looking at a HIV carrier you cannot say that he/she is having the disease.

The disease is manageable and one can be living with it for a number of years.

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2 Responses to HIV/AIDS

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  2. Binta says:

    When you consider the level of sex tourism in the Gambia, the number of toubab men and women who fly here each winter you just hope they are protecting themselves against STD infections and more importantly HIV/Aids.

    In her speech on International Women’s Day our first Lady addressed this issue, which she and other African First Ladies are focusing on and helping to eradicate Aids. In the meantime people should take great care to protect themselves:

    Extract from the first Lady’s speech:

    ‘In 2013, almost 60 per cent of new HIV infections among young people (15–24 years) occurred among adolescent girls and young women. Every hour, 50 young women are newly infected with HIV predominantly through sexual transmission. The end of AIDS will only happen if we focus on transformative and innovative interventions for young women and girls’.

    ‘In the Gambia, there are major challenges related to resources, cultural practices as well as negative social responses directed at those living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Cultural practices like wife inheritance are still issues that need to be discussed’.

    ‘According to the 2013 Demographic Health Survey (DHS, 2013), HIV prevalence among widows is 13 per cent, far more than the 1.9 per cent for the general population. Despite this alarming situation, wife inheritance remains deeply rooted in Gambian society. Stigma and discrimination remains a formidable challenge in the response to HIV and AIDS. According to the Stigma Index Study conducted in 2012, people living with HIV perceived high levels of stigma and discrimination including gossip, social rejections, and divorce upon suspicion or disclosure of HIV status. The donor funding gap is a predominant challenge as the Global Fund remains the only key partner supporting Government in this regard. As such, there is a huge funding gap and this continues to pose challenges in bringing comprehensive HIV services to the doorsteps of all Gambians’.

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