13,332 people living with HIV in Morocco

There are a total of 13,332 Moroccans in 2017 infected with HIV.

The number of new hiv infections in Morocco decreased by 44% between 2004 and 2016. The percentage of people with hiv that know their hiv status, has increased from 37% in 2011 to 63% at the end of 2016.

According to the most recent data from the Ministry of health, the total number of people with HIV at the end of June, of which 52% 2017 13,322 was registered between the end of June 2012 and 2017.

The prevalence (the percentage of the population at one time) of HIV is estimated at 4.3% 1.3% for women and for men who have sex with men, and 8% for people who inject drugs.

This prevalence is more than 5% in some cities, namely 5.7% in Marrakech, 7.1% in 13.2% in Nador and Tetouan.

The number of new infections was estimated at 1,000 in 2016, with a drop of 44% since 2004 (1,800). According to the Ministry is 67% of new infections in so-called risk groups (prostitutes, drug addicts, etc.).

At an event in Rabat, on the occasion of World AIDS Day, took the acting Health Minister, Abdelkader Amara, the performance of Morocco in the fight against HIV.

The number of people that a free antiretroviral treatment is nearly tripled, from 2011 to 2017 in 4,047 11,246 in June, he said.

A specific strategy for HIV-related human rights (2013-2017) was developed and implemented in cooperation with the National Council for human rights (CNDH). The goal is to reduce barriers to access to health care related to the stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV and populations at risk of infection, he said.

The Minister also has the national strategic plan to combat HIV presented for the period 2017-2021, the aim of which is:

-the new hiv infection by 60% and 75% reduction in mortality due to hiv infection;

-eliminate the transfer of HIV from mother to child,

-combating all forms of discrimination and stigmatisation by means of legislative and regulatory measures and strengthening psychosocial support.

A national hiv testing campaign was launched on 27 november and lasts until 27 december in all regions of Morocco.