December 1, 2018
A report from the Ministry of Health notes that 20% do not know that they have infected the virus. In addition, it is detailed that 83.5% of those who know their diagnosis are treated. Most of them are served in the public system.
On The Directorate for AIDS, STD, Hepatitis and TBC (DSETSHyT) published a report this week that updates the data on HIV control, containment and elimination.
According to this new work, in Argentina, about 129 thousand people have the virus, although 20% of them do not know it. In addition, 83.5% of those who know their diagnosis are in treatment and in that number, the majority is treated in the public system.
Unfortunately, 35% of new diagnoses appear late (in 30% of women and 37% of men). On the other hand, DSETSHyT He notes that for every two men with HIV there is a woman with the virus. In nearly 15 years, the AIDS mortality rate remained virtually unchanged at 3.4 per 100 thousand (2016).
The Undersecretariat for Prevention and Control of Infectious and Immunological Diseases, Miriam Burgos, he explained:
"The current challenge is to extend the offer of preventive activities and to implement and consolidate a model of comprehensive care through decentralized health care, built on the territory and with the community. These actions must be guided by the principles promoted by DSETSHyT, such as universality , accessibility, information on quality and social participation "
The report also explains that 98% of people who are infected do so by having sex without a condom. Among men, half are infected during sexual intercourse with women, and the other half during sexual intercourse with other males.
At national level, work warns about prospects for STIs. There is a significant increase in this type of infection. Such is the case with syphilis, whose cases increased three times between 2013 and 2017, from 11.7 to 35.2 per 100 thousand and the percentage of positivity in routine tests performed for pregnant women went from 2% to 3.2% in the same period.
Fundación Huésped, an organization working on public protection policies, repeated this data and worked on seeking better measures from countries to promote and eliminate AIDS.
For this reason, in the midst of the G2 summit, held in Buenos Aires, the Foundation, together with the United Nations Joint AIDS Program (UNAIDS), has launched a joint AIDS complaint to set up the international agenda.
According to the Guest, around 940,000 people have died worldwide from AIDS-related illnesses in the past year. In addition, in 2017, 75% of people with HIV know their diagnosis and 79% of them have access to treatment. 81% of that number had a viral load invisible.
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Pedro Kahn, the Foundation's scientific director, said:
"If 90% of people with HIV know their diagnosis, have access to treatment and keep the viral load invisible, it is possible to control the HIV / AIDS epidemic in 10 years. This is the responsibility of world leaders and is not an impossible goal, because most countries have tools such as testing, treating and improving the quality of life of people with HIV. Therefore, we seek to avoid the deaths that we can avoid and put HIV on the agenda "
For his part, President Huaz, Kurt Frieder, explained this "In the past nine years, the G20 does not include HIV in any of its official documents. It has just been mentioned in a document signed by health ministers in March del Plata in 2018, and in a completely declarative way.".