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Former Minister of Gender, Children & Social Protection has vowed to make Grand Bassa County a zero HIV prevalence County if elected as Representative of that County.

Julia Duncan-Cassell who is also a member on the board of the National Aid Commission (NAC) said there would be a reduction in the HIV and AIDS virus if elected the next legislator by the people of district#3, Grand Bassa County in the pending October 10 elections.
Grand Bassa County according to report is number two from Montserrado County in term of HIV prevalence, but speaking with Internews Fellows over the weekend, former Minister Cassell linked the rate of HIV prevalence to the lack of option amongst young people which usually causes them to compromise themselves.
“There are many long chain of connections and mean of HIV transmission, it is important to control the virus among those already affected not to infect others which is part of the social outreach. I understand how the virus can be transmitted and how it can be reduced,” she said.
Julia Duncan-Cassell narrated “I grow up on Atlantic Street and that street used to be very busy when it comes to hotel, night clubs etc., there where all the young girls children used to be because of the lack of education, option and mean of support, these young girls compromised themselves.” She added.
According to her, when people do not have option, they fall for anything, against the backdrop, she vowed to create opportunity where young people can have option about how to take care and prevent themselves.
The Grand Bassa County district#3 Representative candidate said if elected lawmaker, her focus will be eradicating the virus, thereby ensuring zero prevalence in HIV transmission.
“I Work in the county as superintendent and I’m fully aware of the situation. During the war, Bassa was closer to Montserrado County, in these two counties, we have people who came with the intention to help us. And our people looking for daily bread with no option, compromised themselves to our sub-region people,” she lamented.
To ensure this happened, Minister Cassell vowed to educate the populace on their well-being and make show those living with the virus are taking care of as well as giving the needed treatment so that they don’t transmit the disease to others.
Liberia is at the center of the HIV-AIDS crisis, where, as of 2012, 33,600 people were living with the disease, according to National AIDS Commission of Liberia. Counseling services and treatment centers in the cities had risen from just three in the whole country in 2006 to nearly 400 by the end of September 2012 with a special emphasis on preventing mother to child transmissions, with women in Liberia accounting for Sixty percent of the HIV/AIDS.
The current prevalence of HIV in Liberia is being put at 2.1, something which health workers and patients linked to the Ebola epidemic.
There are also an estimated 30,000 people living with HIV in Liberia, according to UNAIDS.
More than 70 percent of people living with the virus had access to treatment via 144 HIV/AIDS care centers scattered across Liberia before the Ebola outbreak.

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