Qatar health ministry urges public to learn more about HIV/AIDS

Qatar health ministry urges public to learn more about HIV/AIDS By A Robin - December 03, 2023
World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

As the world commemorates World AIDS Day, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) is calling on people from all walks of life to learn more about HIV and AIDS and how it can be stopped.

World AIDS Day, observed on December 1st every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection

According to Dr Abdullatif Al Khal, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), HIV is a transmittable disease that can be easily diagnosed and effectively treated.

"Early HIV testing early treatment are the key requirements for an effective response to end HIV and AIDS. The earlier HIV is diagnosed, the better the outcome of the treatment. People infected with HIV who start treatment early can expect to live a full healthy life. Through education within our communities and awareness it is possible end this epidemic,” said Dr Al Khal.

Individuals undergoing treatment for HIV are not capable of transmitting the virus, and those at risk can protect themselves through preventive treatment available at the Communicable Disease Center at HMC, stated Dr. Hamad Eid Al Romaihi, Director of the Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control Department at the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar.

Qatar has implemented a National AIDS Program focused on creating awareness about the virus and offering comprehensive care to affected individuals. Dr. Al Romaihi emphasized the commitment of the Ministry of Public Health and healthcare partners to educate the community on risks, transmission methods, and testing for HIV.

This year's World AIDS Day theme, 'Let Communities Lead,' underscores the vital role of organizations within communities affected by HIV. The 2023 UNAIDS Global AIDS Update emphasizes that strong political commitment, prioritizing people, and investing in proven strategies are crucial for making strides in ending HIV/AIDS.

Qatar's robust political will has led to the prioritization of projects for preventing and controlling HIV/AIDS, such as the Communicable Disease Research Prioritization Project. Collaboration among key stakeholders and community engagement are seen as pivotal in achieving the goal of ending AIDS.

For comprehensive information on sexually transmitted infections, the CDC website at is recommended. Those seeking specific information and support related to HIV/AIDS can contact +974 40254025.

By A Robin - December 03, 2023

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