Ghana AIDS Commission Director Highlights Higher HIV Risk for Women

by Louisa Afful
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Dr. Steve Kyeremeh Atuahene, the Director General of the Ghana AIDS Commission, highlighted that females are more vulnerable to HIV infections than males.

Data from 2023 shows more new HIV infections among females than males. In an interview with Joy News on June 21, Dr. Atuahene explained that HIV transmission is higher in females because sperm containing HIV can remain in the female body longer after sex, the vaginal surface area is larger, and the vaginal mucus membrane is more fragile.

He noted that widespread male circumcision in Ghana helps protect against HIV transmission. Dr. Atuahene emphasized that women need to be aware of their increased risk and take precautions. He stated that the transmission rate from woman to man is about 2%, while from man to woman it is over 12%.

He warned against having unprotected sex for money, especially if there are untreated sexually transmitted diseases, as this increases the risk of HIV.

Dr. Atuahene also mentioned special programs for sex workers, men who have sex with men, drug users, and high-risk men. These programs provide condoms, testing, and link individuals to healthcare for further diagnosis and treatment, helping to keep new infections in check despite financial challenges.

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