Ghana Has Low HIV Prevalence But High Stigma, Low Levels Of HIV Knowledge

Inter Press Service: Hope for HIV-Positive Teenagers in Northern Ghana
“…Ghana has a relatively low HIV prevalence of 1.4 percent, down from 2.3 percent in 2001. Low prevalence brings its own problems: lack of familiarity with managing the disease, high levels of stigma and low levels of tolerance. … MICS [Ghana Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey] data show that Ghana is falling short of its target of having 95 percent of youth aged 15-24 fully informed about HIV by 2015. ‘Comprehensive knowledge of HIV prevention and transmission is still low in Ghana, despite the many years of public sensitization,’ concluded the survey. ‘Concerted efforts should be directed at young people as many continue to get infected due to low levels of comprehensive HIV knowledge'” (Oppong-Ansah, 2/19).