Ignore the alleged rise of HIV infections in Ho.
HIV infections: The Ho Technical University (HTU) and Ho, the capital of the Volta Region, have reportedly seen an increase in HIV cases. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has warned the general public to dismiss this information.
The Service reports that there has been a spike in HIV infection in the Volta Region and the Ho Municipality, based on statistics on HIV testing in those areas.
“An evaluation of the HIV testing data in all the hospitals in the Ho Municipality and the rest of the Volta area does not indicate an increase in the number of cases of HIV that have been reported in a specific facility or locality.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Volta Region adamantly declares that there hasn’t been a spike in HIV infections at Ho Technical University or any other tertiary institution in the region, according to a statement signed by Dr. Senanu Kwesi Djokoto, the acting director of health services for the Volta region.
Therefore, the service refuted a report that there was an HIV spread at the Ho Technical University as a result of some students’ purportedly prostitution-related actions.
The Volta Regional Health Directorate has been aware of an online article with the heading “Hookup Trend Leads to HIV Outbreak at Ho Technical University: Over 400 Students Suspected Positive” that was published by the unreliable and unidentified news source ‘ajnewonline.com.
“The publication was later cited by numerous social media influencers without carrying out any kind of due diligence.”
The statement went on to say that the service is putting measures into place with the help of partners in order to reduce new HIV infections by 85% and eradicate mother-to-child transmission.
To cement the progress gained in HIV prevention, testing, and treatment, people in the region are urged to avoid stigma, take advantage of it, and engage in “disease awareness campaigns and personalized services that meet their specific needs.”
The agency reassured the public that HIV services are available in all private and public health institutions and reaffirmed the importance of maintaining client confidentiality and privacy.
The communiqué continued, “In conclusion, let us take notice that HIV is still real, and everyone must endeavour to live positively by sexual abstinence or by both uninfected partners being true to each other, and by the regular use of condoms.
The Ho Technical University administration has likewise issued a denial of the purported rise in HIV cases and threatened legal action against anyone found to be spreading such false information.
In a statement issued by the HTU Registrar, D. Christopher Amehoe, “Management of the University shall institute legal action against any person(s) sharing the said false publication.”