Sunday , May 16 2021

Leonardo Arenas, AHF coordinator in Chile: "There is a void of 25,000 people who do not know they are living with HIV"

On Saturday, December 1, World AIDS Day was celebrated. This issue is relevant in our country due to the increase of cases registered in recent years.

In fact, on Monday, April 9, the Ministry of Health announced that the rate of new diagnosed cases has increased by 96% since 2010.

This situation has warned organizations that are fighting AIDS because there are weaknesses in the public system that can explain this increase, such as the fact that the HIV test is not readily available.

This was the topic of the AHF's coordinator in Chile, Leonardo Arenas, who said that there are 25,000 people in our country who do not know they have HIV.

Arenas confirmed that the Ministry is taking measures to control the virus, but in any case reviewed the website of the portfolio and stressed that they have not updated the statistics of people with HIV in our country since 2016.

AHF member said that "we need to advance the test and the exams so we can diagnose it"

Arenas stressed that anyone who has unprotected sexual intercourse, whether anal or vaginal, must do the test.

In addition to this, he said it is necessary to find people who have HIV to put them in treatment. "People know their serological status when it's too late," he said.

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