The Ministry of Health is close to reaching 150,000 rapid tests to detect the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV); Reactive that has an efficiency close to 100% in detecting the virus, which is done in just a few minutes.
The announcement was made by Secretary of Health, Monica Liliana Rangel Martinez, who explained that, under the National Rapid Rehearsal Day of 2018, the Secretariat carried out a full-time detection campaign throughout the state, which in late October allowed 144,000 tests in potosinos and potosinas.
"In addition, our program for the care and follow – up of HIV patients is among the best in the country in care, since nine out of 10 patients with this disease maintain low levels of this virus in the blood, which is an institutional achievement." said Monica Liliana Rangel.
He explained that this week they are applying rapid HIV testing in the different municipal headquarters of the seven health jurisdictions, reaching the highest number of potosinos.
In addition, the Ministry of Health added that the examinations will be available in the Health Units, such as: Health Centers, CAPASITS, General Hospitals and Basic Community Hospitals.
The benefits of rapid HIV testing are:
1.- Knowing the diagnosis of HIV helps to take preventive measures to avoid transmission.
2.- The timely detection allows the beginning of a treatment with greater success.
3.- This campaign will be vigilant so that each rapid HIV test has pre- and post-test counseling, as well as delivery of results by trained and experienced staff who will provide follow-up.
4.- The rapid test gives us a result with veracity and sensitivity close to 100%, in minutes.
People who are recommended to take a quick HIV test are those who have engaged in unprotected sex, people who share needles or other sharp objects or those who have a sexually transmitted infection, hepatitis or tuberculosis, those who have had a tattoo or piercing for I play anywhere on my body.
YEAR QUICK HIV TESTS TOTAL TESTS
2017 Tests applied at the end of the 3rd quarter 123,396
2018 Tests applied at the end of the 3rd quarter 144,895