Since 1988, the United Nations, governments, and civil society meet every December 1 to advance in certain areas related to the fight against AIDS. At its 30th anniversary, significant progress has been made in responding to the virus, and so far three out of every four people living with HIV know about their serosity.
Víctor Bittar, head of the provincial AIDS program, said that Last year 360 new cases were registered, ie one patient per day (Monday through Friday), which means maintaining a steady value over the last 5 years.
"We have been on the plateau for years, but the unfortunate thing is that numbers are not diminishing, they remain the same. It is important that preventive measures are organized in the province, but it is also necessary to continue to work and raise awareness" the expert said.
Discrimination is another point to be resolved. He explained this from the INADI delegation in Mendoza In the province, cases of discrimination against people living with HIV / AIDS represent 6% of the total number of consultations and complaints received during this year.
"If this figure is retained, comparisons with previous years would not show significant differences, but they still exist," said Daniel Di Giuseppe, Head of Delegation, who added: "The main area where discrimination against people living with HIV / followed by the area of public and private health. "
People who feel this type of event can contact the INADI delegation in Mendoza at Peltier Street 50, Local 3, Mendoza City or communicate from Monday to Friday from 8 to 16 to 4243182.
Activities to be taken into account
This year, there will be a number of activities to commemorate the World AIDS Day, one of these will take place this Friday and will consist of a campaign organized by the provincial AIDS program in all hospitals and health centers where condoms will be delivered and tests will be carried out.
In addition, on Saturday in San Martin General Park, a free counseling and testing site for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, hepatitis B vaccination will be designed for anyone who wants to be tested and / or get information or advice. This activity will be held in front of Rosedale from 9 am to 1:30 pm.
During the day there will also be games related to the theme and public classes of gymnastics.