The Ministry of Health estimates that 72,000 people have HIV –

About 72,000 people live in Peru with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) that causes AIDS, 79% of whom are diagnosed, the Health Ministry today announced that after screening the campaign for the International AIDS Day.

"HIV is no longer synonymous with death, it is a chronic infection that can lead a healthy life with early diagnosis and treatment"Explained Head of Directorate for HIV / AIDS Prevention and Control, Patricia Seguro, State Agency Andina.

Segura added that "it is desirable for a person to prematurely go to a health facility if they feel well, especially those who have more than one partner or have unprotected sex."

Transmission of a virus that, when converted to AIDS, attacks the immune system may also occur from mother to child during delivery, and therefore pregnant women should also undergo this test. Virus detection requires a drop of blood taken from your finger and the result is ready in about 20 minutes.

On the occasion of World AIDS Day, which takes place on Saturday December 1, the Peruvian Ministry will offer free trials and counseling at Plaza Manco Cápac in La Victoria district in Lima. EFE

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