This means that more than 130, 000 health workers — doctors, nurses and other medical personnel — are at risk of the virus.
An HIV/Aids screening test during a past World Aids Day. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
- A survey shows that despite the risk of exposure, “access and adherence to post-exposure prophylaxis (to prevent HIV infection) was sub optimal amongst the health workers.”
- One recommendation to stymie the spread of the disease, is that all babies born by an HIV mother will be tested at birth to ensure the child is not infected and if they are, put on treatment immediately.
- Another is that people who are HIV-negative but are at “constant risk” of the virus can now take antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) to prevent HIV infection.