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24 Nov 2014

We made a lot of gains [in HIV/AIDS treatment access over the past 10 years], but if we are not mindful of the gains, we will be dragged down again." AAF has also been going door-to-door offering psychosocial and counselling services to people living with HIV/AIDS, making sure they take their drugs on time and trying to identify new patients. "Our door-to-door treatment care is going very well," Sieh said. "Right now we are reaching hundreds of our people who were taking treatment at the care centres." Disrupted services While some HIV services are still offered at operational general health facilities, many people say they don't know where to go or when such treatment services will be available at which clinics. "Right now, some of them want to give up because the normal centres for treatment are not open," said Koffa Morris, director of the Anti-AIDS Foundation (AAF) in Monrovia. "But we tell them not to give up." For those who do still have access to HIV care services, some are too afraid to enter a hospital or clinic for fear of catching Ebola. Others report being turned away by health workers who mistake them as suspected Ebola cases. "In terms of diagnosis, the similarity and the conditions in question, Ebola comes with fever, rashes and red eyes, just like HIV," Sieh said. "And some of the health workers at the existing facilities are afraid to treat the patients because of the lack of Personal Protective Equipment materials at the centre." " I used to get treatment at the [St.
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