Yet another record high (May 2015 at 748 cases) at 772 cases for June 2015
First time I saw reported deaths cases at 62 !
Chances and probabilities
There’s a chance that some of the numbers were spill overs from the national HIV Testing week of May, 2015. The week ran from the 11th to the 17th of May, and all + cases were forwarded to the Central laboratory for confirmatory test (western blot). This is a 2 week process. Also, not all clinics send their blood samples daily, normally this is done once a week so some samples would have been sent to the Central lab by week 3 (or week 4) and the results would have come out by June.
Does it Matter?
Fact is the number of cases went on another record high. Fact is a lot of people were reached. And a wishful fact is that these people shared the information to their peers who would have gotten tested, or are contemplating on getting tested.
I don’t know. Am looking forward to the national dissemination of the Department of Health HIV programs by the last week of August, 2015. I hope to hear more programs focusing on stabilizing the continuum of care. I am hoping that things do not stop at diagnosis, or that the road halts after testing– hoping that some guardian angel would take care of the treatment process of the entire continuum.
While some are panicking, I would like to welcome the data as a good sign that people are getting tested. While majority were from unprotected sexual transmissions, it’s done with and treatment is the next stage.
With this optimism is the hope that those who haven’t gotten tested will come to their senses and realize the importance of getting tested.
With this optimism is the hope that more people will be more conscious of protecting themselves and their loved ones.
With this optimism is the hope against all hopes, that people are finally talking about HIV. that we’re facing our fears and that people don’t have to call on the gods of fears just to stir awareness.
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