"The new cases are alarming." In this way, the sexual health team at the Ramon Carlo Hospital referred to the recent statistics.
In 2017, Rio Negro registered 156 new cases of HIV; while during this year only in Bariloche, there were 23 new registrations.
"The number is very important, but not just HIV, but also syphilis, hepatitis and other sexually transmitted diseases. Most of the infections are sexually transmitted," said Gabriela Vasquez, a veterinarian from the Sexual Health Team.
Saturday is World AIDS Day, a date set 30 years ago.
Those under 30 are the most affected, and the male / female ratio is 2.3-1; that is, for every two men with HIV, there is a woman with the virus.
Clara Letieri, a general practitioner, added: "We impute this to the basis of abuse – or direct non-use – of a condom that is given free of charge in inpatient and health centers. All of this is related to lack of information, lack of work in schools ".
It is estimated that 122,000 people have the virus in the country, although 30% do not know it. Of the total number of people who know their diagnosis, 81% are treated.
Given the great ignorance of the diagnosis, a new campaign for the discovery of new cases in the Emmaus group – destined for the homeless – began in the penal 3 and in the central laboratory of the hospital.
At Bariloche, there are currently 200 patients undergoing treatment.
The Office of Sexual Health works on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 13.30 to 16, without change, with counseling and medical attention. During this year, the team conducted 200 rapid tests in various campaigns, beyond all the extractions that were made in other contexts of consultation.
The professors at the Bariloche Hospital said that in general, patients arrive "asymptomatically because they have risky behavior and want to consult."
According to the Epidemiological Bulletin published by the Department of AIDS and ETS of the Ministry of Health of the nation, 35% of the HIV diagnoses are considered late at the national level, that is, they are performed in an advanced stage of infection when the virus It already weakens the body's defense.
This year's motto
"Know your state" is the motto under which World AIDS Day is celebrated this year.
According to Onusida, three out of every four people living with HIV know their serostatus. "However, as the latest report shows, there is still a long way to go, and this time it is to reach people living with HIV who do not know their status and to ensure that they have access to help and quality prevention services, said the organization.
"The abuse or non-use of a condom that is provided free of charge is directly related to the lack of information".
Clara Lettieuri, general practitioner at Ramon Carrilo Hospital.
This year, HIV was discovered in Bariloche. The number of sexually transmitted diseases is high.