Cameroon: nearly 19,000 new HIV infections a year in the country (official)

Cameroon: nearly 19,000 new HIV infections a year in the country (official)

Cameroon records nearly 19,000 new annual HIV / AIDS infections for a current national prevalence of around 2.7% against 3.34% in 2018, APA learned from the relevant services of the National Committee to fight this pandemic (NACC).

The main concern of the authorities concerns the situation of children and adolescents, where the disease "is still raging, particularly among young girls". Similarly, despite the treatment of nearly 303,000 people as of June 30, 2019, compared to 268,939 a year earlier, since last January, the control program has experienced tensions and even stock-outs of tracer products.

According to CNLS, expenditures for treatment acquisition accounted for more than 60% of the budget for the HIV response in 2017. It should be noted that access to antiretrovirals (ARVs) has been free in Cameroon since May 2007, thanks in part to funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.

Regarding scientific studies, a team of researchers from the National Agency for Research on AIDS (Anrs), supported by Unitaids, has published since March 2019 the results of a study called "Namsal" (New Antiretroviral and Monitoring Strategies in HIV-infected Adults in Low-Income Countries), designed to compare the effectiveness of two molecules used in first-line treatment in HIV-positive people in developing countries.

This study has made it possible to define a therapeutic scheme deemed ideal for low-income countries because it is cheaper and represents a better response in treatment.

In Cameroon, the World AIDS Day, celebrated on 1 December, is under the banner of research assistance to improve treatment, guarantee access to rights and care, fight against discrimination and precariousness.


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