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UNAIDS and ILO will conduct testing of AIDS in 5 million workers

 
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Aim of the tests is to ensure that people who have the virus receive treatment and support of health services
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Aim of the tests is to ensure that people who have the virus receive treatment and support of health services

New initiative project on voluntary HIV testing expected to reach 5 million workers worldwide.

The project counseling and testing, called VCT @ Work is being spearheaded by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS).

Testing, voluntary and confidential, shall be conducted by 2015. The goal is to ensure that people who have the virus receive treatment and support of health services.

In a statement issued on Thursday (6), the head of the ILO, Guy Rider, said he wants to "mobilize the power of the agency to encourage five million women and men to undergo the test." He called for the participation of the Ministries of Labor and industry organizations worldwide.

The rapid expansion of antiretroviral therapy in recent years, provided the HIV treatment for 8 million people. With this, they can live longer and more healthily, and have more productive lives.

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According to UNAIDS, 7 million infected people who are not entitled to have access to treatment. Furthermore, 40% of people living with HIV worldwide do not know they have the virus and therefore can not be treated. In some countries, this figure exceeds 50%.

To the head of UNAIDS, the workplace embrace the initiative of voluntary, confidential testing, the struggle for access to treatment will give a very important step.

The initiative is part of efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals of the UN. The target is 2015 to 15 million people with HIV treatment. The project is also part of the "Reaching Zero Discrimination" launched by UNAIDS and the World Health Organization, the World Day of Fight against AIDS, marked on December 1, last year.

Source: Isaude.net
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