According to the Departmental Health Institute of Nariño, Idsn, so far this year registered 255 cases of HIV-AIDS, with an index of 14.1. In Pasto, the number reaches 95.
Carmen Eugenia Quiñones, a professional who specializes in the sexual, reproductive and sexual dimension of Idsn, explained that both in Nariño and throughout the country, the focus is on intensifying work to find and identify cases.
"The goal is called" 90, 90, 90 ", meaning that 90% of people with HIV are identified, the second 90% means that those people are on treatment, and the third 90% means that all those who are identified and have treatment are not detectable. That is, their viral loads are so low that they are not detected, "he said.
That is why every year the numbers of HIV increase. For 2016, there was a consolidation of 233 cases, for a rate of 13.2; in 2017 the number was 277 cases for a rate of 15.5 and finally so far this year (up to week 45) there is a preliminary data of 255 cases with a rate of 14.1.
Although the current number does not yet exceed 277, it is expected to increase, since on December 1, when World AIDS Day is celebrated, new cases will be identified as the date when most of them are examined. the whole municipality of Nariño.
"The research we do is offer the screening test that is voluntary for all people, taking into account some issues related to risk factors, including: Have you had sex under the influence of alcohol or any other psychoactive substance? Do you use condoms in all your sexual relationships? Have you suffered sexual violence? Have you had a sexually transmitted infection? "
They launch campaign
Yesterday morning the Ministry of Health of the Pasto launched the campaign Cuida la VIHda, as a strategy to reduce the rate of mortality by HIV AIDS in the population.
"This aims to promote access to health services and health promotion to provide coverage that transcends environments, the home, the education sector, the workforce and all, to promote sexual and reproductive rights, reduce stigma and discrimination against the disease, among others, "he explained.
He specified that by week 44 of 2018 a total of 95 HIV positive cases have been reported. In the same time span of the previous year, there were 85 cases.
"Due to HIV / AIDS mortality this year, we have 6 cases, and in the previous we had 4," he concluded.