The provincial government, the Corrientes City Hall and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation have conducted over 5,000 free and confidential tests this year to achieve early detection of HIV / AIDS. In this sense, the Deputy Secretary of Health of the Commune, Arturo Sandoval, highlighted the work in the field and stressed the importance of control.
"We have more than 5,000 cases tested so far this year, with a positive prevalence of 1%. There are a lot of people who have found that they had HIV with these controls," said Emilio Lanari. , to whom we offer a system of containment, support and connection with the health system to guarantee its treatment ".
It is worth noting that the agreement is made within the framework of the project "Prevention of HIV, viral hepatitis and STDs", which will seek to establish mechanisms, bases, policies, actions and commitments between the municipality and the foundation to extend early detection and treatment of HIV / AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) among vulnerable populations.
Regarding the agreement, the scientific director of Latin America and the Caribbean of AHF and coordinator of the Argentine branch, Miguel Pedrola, stressed that "it is important to achieve goals that we all have in public health: increasing access to human testing." who live with HIV, guarantee a good quality of care and treatment, in a framework without discrimination or stigmatization. "
At the same time, he stressed that "today the World Health Organization (WHO) states that people should be treated as soon as possible, less than seven days before arriving at the diagnosis.This allows an effective treatment that ensures that there is no detectability of the virus in the blood.Today we know that "undetectable" patients do not transmit HIV.This is essential for reducing infections.
"We have been working with the foundation for several months, and we were at Plaza Cabral, Torrent and other strategic points. Some time ago we also incorporated it into workers, they are giving us good results, since there is a significant percentage of people who do not know who are living with HIV, "Sandoval told El Litoral and said in December they will do the same work" fixedly in primary health centers. "
On the other hand, they informed that in the framework of the World AIDS Day, celebrated every 1 day of next month, the City Hall will hold a day of awareness with local associations, the Faculty of Medicine of the National University of the Northeast (Unne) and the provincial government.
In this context, they reminded that in each health operation, together with the Ministry of Public Health, the municipality conducts rapid tests, where the results are obtained ten minutes after a small blood sample with a finger prick. The test is confidential and voluntary.