In Bariloche HIV grows among young people because they do not use condoms

"New cases are alarming." Ramón Carrillo's sexual health concerns recent statistics.

In 2017, Río Negro recorded 156 new cases of HIV; while 23 new registrations were held in Bariloche this year.

"The number is very significant, but not just HIV, but also syphilis, hepatitis and other sexually transmitted diseases. Most infections are sexually transmitted," said Gabriela Vázquez, a veterinarian from Sexual Health.

Saturday is World AIDS Day, a date set 30 years ago.

Those under the age of 30 are the most affected and the male / female ratio is 2.3 to 1; this means that for every two people with HIV there is a woman with this virus.

Clara Lettieri, a general practitioner, added: "Basically, we attribute this to the misuse of a condom that is provided free of charge in hospitals and health centers, all of which is associated with a lack of information, a lack of work in schools."

It is estimated that 122,000 people live in the country, although 30% do not know it. Of the total number of people who know their diagnosis, 81% are treated.

Due to the great ignorance of diagnosis, a new campaign was launched to find new cases in the Emaus group for homeless people in Penal 3 and in the central hospital hospital.

There are currently 200 patients treated in Bariloche.

The Sexual Health Office runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 13.30 to 16, without a shift, with counseling and medical care. During this year, the team performed 200 rapid tests in different campaigns, except for extractions that were conducted in other consultation contexts.

Bariloche Hospitals have said that patients generally arrive "asymptomatically because they have certain risk behaviors and want to consult".

According to the epidemiological bulletin published by the AIDS and ETS Directorate of the Ministry of National Health, at the national level, 35% of HIV diagnoses are considered to be late, that is, they are at an advanced stage of infection where the virus has already weakened the body's defenses.

This year's motto

"Know Your Country" is the motto that celebrates World AIDS Day this year.

According to Onusida, three out of four people living with HIV know that their serostatus. "However, and as the latest report shows, there is still a long way to go to address people living with HIV who do not know their status and ensure they have access to assistance and quality prevention," the organization said.

"Unauthorized use or non-use of the condom is directly linked to a lack of information."

Clara Lettieri, general practitioner at Ramón Carrillo Hospital.

HIV was detected this year in Bariloche. The number of sexually transmitted diseases is high.

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