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World AIDS Day 2023: Empowering Communities in the Fight Against HIV

On December 1st, WHO, in collaboration with various communities and partners, will observe World AIDS Day 2023, themed “Let communities lead.”

Dr. Nishan Gunarathna from the National STD/AIDS Control Programme shared that 485 individuals tested HIV positive in Sri Lanka during the initial 10 months of this year. Notably, 79 cases were detected among individuals aged 15-24.

Highlighting the current scenario, he estimated that approximately 4,100 people in Sri Lanka are living with HIV, with 3,033 of them having registered at Sexual Health Clinics for necessary treatment and care.

HIV, a virus that weakens the body’s immune system, can progress to AIDS if left untreated.

Dr. Gunarathna emphasized that Sexual Health Clinics offer rapid, anonymous, and free-of-charge tests, delivering results within 15 minutes. For individuals hesitant to visit the clinics, self-test kits are available for discreet testing.

To access additional information regarding HIV testing and related services, individuals can visit This initiative aims to promote awareness and accessibility to testing options for those concerned about their HIV status.

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