Members of the African community are being urged to take the issue of HIV test seriously because the misconception that AIDS is not common among African black community could be spelling a very dangerous doom of high risk of HIV upsurge in future. The fact is according to sources, nobody is immune in the modern world.
According to Mr Nathaniel Oyinloye, the coordinator of Hospital and Prisons Action, an East London health and Social Charity Organisation, the only solution to curtail a future epidemic among Africans is early diagnosis of HIV. He claimed many centers have been created for the purpose of carrying out tests by the community.
He criticised Africans’ attitude towards HIV test, describing it as very lukewarm as many still think HIV test remain a taboo that Africans should not be taking seriously.
“The only solution is to stay away but if you are a game player, you are at high risk”, he advised.
He has urged members of the African community to seek advice at various Health advise centers across the city with the aim of securing and being confident of a health and HIV free future.
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Mr Oyinloye has been playing a leading in organisation workshops and community meetings aimed at educating Africans on the importance of HIV test.
Mr Oyinloye spoke to EMNnews recently just as a one day workshop organised for African men on the issue of HIV test wound up with a huge success of attendance.
The workshop was organised for all Africans who are HIV negative in order to enlighten them on the dangers of ignoring the tests being carried out across the country.
His Organisation teeming up with many other Charity companies has made a giant stride in carrying out awareness symposium in many centers across the city of London.
The recent awareness meeting held in Stephney Green in East London covered s range of issues on safe sex and healthy living.
The symposium touched on, HIV and Sexually transmitted deceases, PEP awareness, negotiating safer sex, assertiveness skills, condone use and many more.
In conjunction with African Health Policy Awareness (AHPA), Hospital and Prison Action are planning huge awareness for Africans across the United Kingdom
“We have so many plans except that we are curtailed by fund squeeze”, Mr Oyinloye claimed.
Reports claimed that the number of people newly diagnosed with HIV has almost doubled in the past decade, according to new figures shown.
National Health Protection Agency claims Black Africans are at high risk due to lack of awareness and social laxity, prompting experts to publish new guidance on increasing HIV testing among those communities.
Prof Mike Kelly, at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, said: ‘For many people of black African heritage, there is a fear that being diagnosed HIV-positive will result in social exclusion or racism and prejudice from both inside and outside their community.’
Three out of five people who die from HIV each year received a late diagnosis.
People in the age group 30-39 are most at risk, with 2,096 being diagnosed with HIV compared with 636 in the 15-24 age group in 2010.
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Dr Valerie Delpech, head of HIV surveillance at the HPA, said: ‘There are excellent treatment options available nowadays but these are only at their most effective if the infection is diagnosed early, before symptoms appear.
Most of those at high risks according to the data were gay men, with a 70 per cent rise, from 1,810 in 2001 to 3,080 in 2010. Though smaller in number, the number of heterosexual cases has also increased.