Atupele Muluzi Minister for Health and Population has revealed that there are currently 1.1 million people living with HIV in Malawi.
Muluzi told the Parliament in a ministerial statement that it was important that every individual made a decision to experience HIV and know his HIV status.
"Mr Speaker, let me know this August, that Malawi has around 1.1 million people living in HIV in 2018," said Muluzi.
He said by the end of September this year, the Ministry of Health has succeeded in having 796100 people on life extending ARV treatment and outside those on treatment, 708 688 people have now "got prevent them from virus. "
Muluzi said: "This is a real increase, but these numbers also point out that we have again reached 100,000 people who have yet to understand their HIV status or are being treated. To reach these people, it means our testing strategies are innovative. "
Muluzi said the Malawi government is working with development partners to implement a range of new strategies to reach these populations.
He said that the innovative strategies include Testing and Counseling and Provider-Started (PITC), Index Problem Test targeting sexual partners and children of HIV positive HIV index clients, and HIV Self Test, all to help people know their HIV status.
"We are also expanding tested services in workplaces that have been strategically targeted for workplaces, hot places with high risk behavior and recreational areas.
"Strategies are also being developed to test breastfeeding women who are being infected by their partners during the breastfeeding period to prevent further Mother of a Child Transferring HIV," he says.
Muluzi provided some basic information about HIV Self-testing.
Self-testing of HIV is a process where a person collects his / her own specimen of saliva from the mouth and then added to the test pack for a result which takes only a few minutes. Only self-tested packs have been accredited by WHO who are exclusively Malawi.
If the result is positive then the person should request a further test in one of the number of test facilities to confirm the result. If the result of the test test is negative, further action is not necessary unless the person has had a recent HIV or high-risk exposure of HIV infection.
In these cases, repeat tests should be considered after 3 months of potential exposure.
HIV, which is a Human Immune Virus, is a virus that damages cells in the immune system that protects our bodies from fighting infection.
I am commonly transmitted through sexual intercourse.
The immune deficiency syndrome obtained (AIDS) is the name used to describe a number of life-threatening infections and illness that may occur when your immune system has been damaged & # 39; n seriously by the virus.
People can not diagnose Aids unless they are HIV positive.