Senator Guido Girardi (PPP) has criticized the conservative sectors in the country and described them as responsible for increasing the number of people infected with HIV.
Girardi said that "Chile does not do enough. This can be avoided, but in Chile there is no real policy that provides constant awareness." We do not have public policies for educational campaigns. "
"On the street of any Latin American country there are condoms dispensers and the problem is being addressed through the media and the Internet," said the Senate Health Committee chairman at the 70th anniversary of the Medical Association.
According to figures from the Public Health Institute (IMP), in Chile there is a new 96% increase in new cases of HIV infection between 2010 and 2017. In addition, between January and September this year, 5,206 new cases were identified, 21% higher than the same period of 2017, when 4,304 persons were counted.
Because of this data, it is predicted that by the end of 2018 there will be between 6,500 and 7,000 infections, which corresponds to an increase of more than 100% over the past eight years.
In that direction, Girardi expressed regret that in Chile we "went through the path to coping with the consequences and spent a lot of resources on trilepsies. That must be done, and this is guaranteed for people who have AIDS, but we should make every effort to avoid contagion ".
"It's not a problem for this government, for many decades it was a policy for hiding under the carpet of HIV AIDS and responsible for the conservative sectors of this," the congressman added.
The Senator added that "when in the 90s we suggested the use of condoms, the Catholic Church urged us to use it, because it was risky. I think they are explaining the country."
And he noted that "There are passive accomplices here, and those conservative sectors have made a standstill among those who have to make decisions because they are hostages and we have preventive campaigns that do not talk about sexual issues with the openness and openness that must be done."
On the other hand, he emphasized the role of the Medical Association at its 70th anniversary and noted that "just as the generations of the 60s had an ancient vision, this generation that runs the College of Medicine has a challenge to promote preventive and preventive health policies "innovative that this new scene may face".