AIDS Healthcare Foundation began supporting HIV/AIDS treatment and care in 2013, when it opened the Katlehong LMPS Clinic in Maseru City through a partnership with the Lesotho Mounted Police Service and the country’s Ministry of Health. In addition to serving members of the LMPS and their families, AHF Lesotho also serves the general public through the full-service clinic. Prevention services offered through the Katlehong clinic include HIV testing, free condom distribution, voluntary medical male circumcision, counseling on reducing sexually risky behavior, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV-negative people who think they may have been exposed to the virus.
In addition to preventing new infections, the clinic also offers comprehensive specialized and general care to HIV-positive clients of all ages, including pre-ART (antiretroviral therapy) care including treatment for opportunistic infections and sexually transmitted diseases; laboratory testing; psychological support; adherence counseling; nutrition assessment, counseling and support; family planning; adolescent sexual and reproductive health; and care for exposed infants. Cutting-edge treatment for HIV/AIDS – including antiretroviral therapy, treatment as prevention for the HIV-positive partner in a sero-discordant relationship, and management of co-infections of tuberculosis and HIV – is offered alongside specialized healthcare for mothers and newborns. Basic primary healthcare needs are also met through this clinic, including immunizations, growth monitoring, de-worming, vitamin and mineral supplementation, and treatment of common infections.
As of 2016, approximately 330,000 Basotho were living with HIV, out of the 1.9 million total population. An estimated 21,000 new HIV infections occurred that year. Gender prevalence amongst adults (15-49) shows women at 30.4% compared to men at 20.8%. There are approximately 21,000 new HIV infections. Out of the 330,000 Basotho living with HIV, approximately 180,000 are on treatment.
Sources: UNAIDS 2016 estimates, CIA World Factbook 2016, https://phia.icap.columbia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Lesotho-Summary-Sheet_A126.96.36.199.HR_.pdf
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