National program raises awareness of HIV testing and counseling [Archives:2008/1208/Local News]

November 17 2008

Khaled Al-Hilaly
SANA'A, Nov 15 ) The National AIDS Control Program held an information symposium on HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT), at the training center of the Ministry of Health that was attended by a number of journalists and health workers.

Yemen's National AIDS Control Program estimates the current number of HIV positive patients in Yemen at 23,000. However, as of July 2008, only 2,431 cases of Yemenis being HIV positive have been reported.

In several counties, voluntary counseling and testing programs (VCT) have proven to be a positive method in preventing the spread of infection. “We promote VCT centers to help people learn their HIV status