Managing Director, PathCare Medical Laboratory, Dr Pamela Ajayi,Â has highlighted the importance of accurate testing in the national and global HIV & AIDS response.
Speaking on this yearâ€™s World AIDS Day, she noted that â€œIt is important to remember that we still havenâ€™t found a cure to for HIV &AIDS. Early detection and proper maintenance have proved to be the only way to this manage this disease. Accurate testing is required to ensure people who have this virus receive the treatment they need.â€
Ajayi said Pathcare, being the foremost medical laboratory in NigeriaÂ offers testing for detection of HIV/AIDS as well as tests that can be used to better manage HIV & AIDS for improved quality of life.
The World AIDS Day theme for 2009 is â€˜Universal Access and Human Rightsâ€™. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away. It also provides a visible opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, early detection and care.
Currently, around 33.2 million people areÂ living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.A vast majority of individuals affected live in lower income countries such as Nigeria.