A new study by the Ghana Aids Commission has shown that more Ghanaian youth are contracting HIV/AIDS than any other demographic in the population.
The survey, with disturbing implications for the continent with the highest prevalence rate, reveals Ghanaian youth (defined as between ages 15 to 24), stand at 50% risk of contracting the virus.
According to Starrfmonline:
More Ghanaian youth are contracting HIV/AIDS, a new survey conducted by the Ghana Aids commission has revealed.
The survey which was conducted last year also indicates that about 50% of the youth population is at risk of new infections.
Ghana’s general prevalence rate is however stabilizing, the survey noted.
Launching the survey in Accra Tuesday, deputy head of policy at the health ministry Emmanuel Ankrah said more efforts must be made to contain the rate of infection among the youth.
“The challenge is that the young age group; about 15 to 24 are contracting the disease and that is very worrying. This is why we need to refocus our efforts to ensure that prevalence among this age group is reduced,” he said.
He nonetheless noted that the national plan towards fighting the virus is on course.
“There is a clear HIV combat plan which has been developed and being worked upon. There are clear stakeholders who are working together to ensure that the objectives are achieved”.