A day’s workshop on HIV/AIDS for media personnel in the Eastern Region has been held in Koforidua on Friday 21st June 2019.
It was aimed at deepening participants’ understanding of issues related to HIV and Tuberculosis (TB), and to solicit their support to help reduce stigma and discrimination against Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV) and TB.
The workshop was organised by Ghana-West Africa Programme to Combat AIDS and STI (WAPCAS), a non-governmental organisation (NGO).
Addressing the media, the Executive Director of WAPCAS, Mrs. Comfort Asamoah-Adu, urged Journalists to educate the public to stop stigmatising PLHIV and TB to enable them to open up and access Antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.
According to her, stigmatisation and discrimination against PLHIV and TB patients was still ongoing in communities, health facilities and among the general population, adding that the situation was causing the high defaulting rate among such persons who were refusing to access ARV treatment.
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