This Thursday (1st), the Ministry of Health started a national HIV/AIDS prevention campaign. The focus is on young people, aged 15 to 24, who are the population most affected by the disease. The launch takes place on World AIDS Day.
According to the ministry, 960,000 people are living with HIV in Brazil. In 2021 alone, 40,800 cases of HIV and 35,200 cases of AIDS were detected. Of these, about 727,000 are undergoing treatment.
“We need to humanize the treatment of these people not only in the SUS. We cannot allow diseases like AIDS to remain a little on the sidelines in the face of new situations, as it was with the arrival of the pandemic. That agent can generate equity around the world for the treatment of HIV”, said the secretary of Science, Technology, Innovation and Strategic Inputs, Sandra Barros.
The main objective of the campaign is to raise awareness and inform about ways to protect and prevent against infection in the younger population. This is because the new bulletin reveals that there is a greater concentration of AIDS cases in people aged between 25 and 39 years.
Of the cases registered in the male population, 51.7% are in this age group. Among women, the percentage reaches 47.4% infected young people.
“The Ministry of Health has as a priority the reduction of mortality from AIDS. In this sense, several strategies were developed to qualify care and strengthen the care network for people with advanced AIDS, with the incorporation of new inputs for the detection of opportunistic infections”, explains the folder.
Fewer cases in children
The Ministry of Health bulletin points out that the AIDS detection rate in children up to five years old has decreased in the last decade, from 3.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 2011 to 1.2 cases per 100,000 in 2021. This number corresponds to a reduction of 66% of cases.
The HIV detection rate in pregnant women increased by 35% in the same period. According to the ministry, in order to reduce vertical transmission, the department has invested in qualifying care, monitoring and early detection of the disease.
“The Vertical Transmission Elimination Certification strategy strengthens the local management of the SUS to improve surveillance, diagnosis, assistance and treatment of pregnant women, in addition to training health professionals”, he says.
For January 2023, the distribution of dolutegravir 5 mga drug for children over four weeks old who are infected with HIV/AIDS.
*Under the supervision of Phillip Dantô, from CNN
Source: CNN Brasil
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