"New cases are alarming." Thus, the Sexual Health group at Ramona Carrillo Hospital spoke about the latest statistics.
In 2017, Rio Negro registered 156 new HIV infections; Throughout this year, 23 new registrations were registered in Bariloche.
“The number is very important, but not only HIV, but also syphilis, hepatitis and other sexually transmitted diseases. Most infections are sexually transmitted, ”said Gabriela Vazquez, a veterinarian from the Sexual Health group.
Saturday – World AIDS Day, the date set 30 years ago.
The least affected persons under 30 years old, and the ratio of men and women is 2.3 to 1; that is, for every two men with HIV, there is a woman with the virus.
Clara Lettieri, general practitioner, added: “We mainly explain the improper use or direct non-use of a condom, which is taken free of charge to the hospital and medical centers. All this is due to the lack of information, lack of work in schools. ”
An estimated 122,000 people have the virus in the country, although 30% do not know. Of the total number of people who know their diagnosis, 81% are in treatment.
In view of the great ignorance of the diagnosis, a new campaign was launched to identify new cases in the Emaus group – intended for the homeless – in the Criminal Code 3 and in the central laboratory of the hospital.
200 patients are currently being treated in Bariloche.
The office of sexual health works on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 13:30 to 16, without a shift, with counseling and medical assistance. Throughout this year, the team conducted 200 rapid tests in various campaigns, in addition to all selections that were made in other consultation contexts.
Specialists at the hospital in Bariloche said that, in general, patients arrive "asymptomatic because they had some risky behavior and they want to consult."
According to the Epidemiological Bulletin, published by the Office of AIDS and ETS of the Ministry of Health, at the national level, 35% of HIV diagnoses are considered late, that is, they are performed at an advanced stage of infection when the virus has already weakened the body's defense.
This year's motto
“Know your state” is the motto that marks World AIDS Day this year.
According to Onusida, three out of every four people living with HIV know their serostatus. “However, as the last report shows, there is still a long way to go, and this way is to reach people living with HIV who do not know their status and ensure access to care services and the quality of prevention,” the organization said.
“The improper use or non-use of a condom, which comes free of charge, is directly related to the lack of information.”
Clara Lettery, general practitioner at the Ramona Carrillo Hospital.
HIV was detected this year in Bariloche. The number of sexually transmitted diseases is large.