Aidshilfe Steiermark gives concerts under the slogan "I want to know!" through the Weiz district.
There were 58 people in Styria who were diagnosed with HIV for the first time. This means an increase of 26 percent compared to 2016. To pay attention to this unpleasant development and increase your awareness of HIV and AIDS, Aidshilfe Styria is visiting the Weiz district.
High costs of therapy
40 percent of diagnoses are made very late. This means that the affected people carry the virus for many years, thereby burdening their own health and potentially putting others at risk through negligence. Due to the further development of treatment options, today's infected people can live almost normal lives, but the big problem is still stigmatizing HIV-infected patients or AIDS patients in our society – explains Manfred Rupp, head of Aidshilfe Steiermark. In addition, the average cost of care for a person infected with HIV throughout life would be between 400,000 and 500,000 euros.
A tour of the Weiz district
To the World AIDS Day, which takes place on December 1, Aidshilfe Styria in the Weiz district wants to take the route "I want to know!" build awareness and inform people through lectures, free and anonymous tests, poster campaigns and red ribbons on public buildings.
During the lecture "AIDS, is this something different for us?" will be discussed on November 15 at Paracelsusapotheke Weiz and on November 27 at Kulturkeller Gleisdorf on this topic. Councilor for Health Christopher Drexler stresses that the disease should not be overlooked: "Because of the treatment options, HIV infection can be treated, but we can not fight this disease."
In Graz you can test anonymously and free of charge at Aidshilfe Steiermark. The test result is obtained within three to five days. A quick test allows you to get the result after half an hour. Eighty percent of the people tested are now from Graz and the surrounding area, and visiting the districts makes it easier for them to access the HIV test. "I hope that the trip around the area will raise awareness of this important topic and reduce the exposure to people affected by this infection," says Rupp.
Graz testing: Tue, Wed, Thurs: 4.30 – 19.00, Hans-Sachs-Gasse 3,
Tour Weiz: Lecture "AIDS, is this something different for us?" 15:11: 19 clock, Paracelsus pharmacy Weiz. 27/11: 19.00, Kulturkeller Gleisdorf. 1.12: World Aid Day: photo campaign Area52.
Styria aids: https://www.aids-hilfe.at/