On World AIDS Day, the Pan American American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAO / WHO) launched the global campaign "To test", to encourage people to know if they are infected by HIV.
These tests, the organization said, "give people the unique opportunity to know their HIV status and allow people diagnosed with the virus to quickly start saving lives."
According to PAHO / WHO statistics, more than 2.1 million people living with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1.6 million of whom know their status.
Early diagnosis and increased access to antiretroviral treatment in the region led to a 12% drop in AIDS-related deaths in Latin America and a 23% drop in the Caribbean between 2010 and 2017.
However, Latin America warns that the number of new HIV infections remains unchanged, at around 100,000 a year, with a decrease of only 1% since 2010.
Within the campaign, WHO Regional Offices will create additional messages and materials specific to each region within the framework of the general theme.
It will also try to encourage policy planners to promote "health for all" programs on "HIV and related health services, such as those related to tuberculosis, hepatitis, and non-communicable diseases."