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Tanzania, US mark 15 years of alliance in fight against HIV/AIDS

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Tanzania and the United States last Wednesday marked 15 years of partnership in the fight against HIV/AIDS through the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Inmi Patterson said PEPFAR recently passed an important milestone enabling it to provide lifesaving treatment to more than one million Tanzanians living with HIV.

“During this campaign, we will work with you all and with people living with HIV across the country. I encourage Tanzanians to get tested and learn their health status,” she said in the commercial capital of Tanzania.

Ummy Mwalimu Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children said through the US-funded programme, decreased by 70 percent from 110,000 in 2003 to 33,000 in 2016.

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According to statistics from Tanzania Commission for AIDS, Tanzania has an estimated 1.4 million of people living with HIV/AIDS but only 52 percent of them are aware of their condition.

The disease has mostly affected the young aged between 14 and 25 years, according to the commission.

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