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According to a study published in honor of World AIDS Day, AIDS patients admitted to the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, doubled between 2008 and 2017.
Most of the 136 AIDS patients were immigrants from Ethiopia (37 percent) and the former Soviet Union (29 percent).
“Today, new drugs, innovative treatment methods, comprehensive research and completely new treatment concepts have emerged that make the disease chronic and treatable,” said Dr. Eduardo Chachar, director of the AIDS Institute in Rambam. “But to our regret, there are groups in the population that act out of complacency, shame, or are not aware of the availability of treatment. The message is clear and important – for your own health and the health of those around you, you need to check. "
Since September 2018, another 90 patients have been diagnosed.
The report also found that 60 of these patients were likely carriers of this disease, because they did not know and did not diagnose until they were admitted to hospital.
“On this World AIDS Day, we were reminded of the imperative of public education to ensure early detection and treatment of HIV / AIDS,” said Richard Hirshhout, National Executive Director of American Friends of the Rambam Medical Center.
This is part of a larger global trend in which more and more people become infected with HIV every year. Despite efforts to reduce the spread of the disease and the number of viruses, the number of people infected with HIV has increased dramatically over the past 10 years. This is largely due to an increase in the virus in countries with a small amount of resources.
In 2017, about 19.6 million people lived in Eastern and Southern Africa, while only 22,000 people lived in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa.
In Ethopia in particular, about 610,000 children and adults lived with HIV. Although it is difficult to understand all people living with HIV in the former Soviet Union, now Russia, as of 2017, had 1,000,000 people with the virus.
HIV or human immunodeficiency virus is a virus that can lead to AIDS, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. HIV attacks the immune system and stops the body from fighting infections. If HIV is not treated and it destroys too many cells that interfere with the protection of the body, it is likely that this person will have AIDS. This leaves the body defenseless against other viruses.
“They are not aware of the disease, are not treated and are thus diagnosed during hospitalization after the development of complications of immunodeficiency, having spent considerable time with medical uncertainty until the correct diagnosis is obtained,” explained Sacher.
December 1 is International AIDS Day.
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