About 22,000 people are living with HIV in Morocco. However, nearly 30 percent of them do not know their HIV status.
Rabat – One out of three Moroccans living with HIV does not have access to treatment as they are not aware of their HIV status.
Despite the alarming figures, Morocco has also registered notable improvement in HIV monitoring and treatment. According to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), 50 percent of people living with HIV know their status in the Middle East and North Africa.
In the meantime, the number of affected patients who receive treatment in Morocco reached more than 12,00 at the end of June 2018, against 5,301 in 2012.
Access to HIV testing continues to increase with the completion of approximately 750,000 tests in 2017.
In March 218, Morocco’s Ministry of Health announced that 70 percent of women carrying HIV have been infected by their husbands.
The study showed that 39 percent of Moroccans living with the disease are women.
HIV testing is mostly available at public health facilities.
According to a 2017 official estimate, 2017 the number of HIV positive Moroccans decreased by 44 percent between 2014 and 2016, owing to preventive medical services.
In its 2017 report, UNAIDS acknowledged the remarkable progress in Morocco in recent years. The country topped the MENA region in monitoring and combating the illness.
According to Moroccan TV channel 2M, three regions hold a record of 62 percent of infections. The regions are Souss Massa, Casablanca Settat and Marrakech Safi.
The Marrakech Safi region has 4,000 HIV-positive people.
The TV channel added that 67 percent of infected people are in precarious situations. Homosexuals, sex workers and intravenous drug users are the most affected.
Quoting the Ministry of Health, 2M said that 990 new infections are listed yearly